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All of us know that rice is not that healthy, and if you want to eat rice, go for the brown rice. But I just love white rice and cannot survive without it for more than 3 days. So if you are a rice fan like me, here's a healthier version of cooking, this method removes most of the starch from the rice...

Always go for the basmati rice. They are lower in glycemid index than other varieities.

Cooking Method:

1. Take a big microwave safe bowl with a lid.

2. Take 1 cup rice, wash it properly. Add 3 - 4 cups water to it. There should be enough water.

3. Cook the rice in microwave on high for 16-20 mins, or until the rice is cooked. Do not cover the bowl.

4. After the rice is cooked, take it out from the microwave and cover it with the lid. Then pressing the lid tightly on the bowl, tilt it slowly and drain the water from it. Use gloves or a cloth for holding.

5. Enjoy...

Again, if you are trying to reduce belly fat, avoid having rice in the night.
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See, I don't agree that rice is all bad for you.  Most Asian cultures have very skinny people and they eat tons of rice...and usually of the glutinous white variety.  I think the problem is that most people don't measure out rice properly (so they don't know exactly how much they're eating) or they add butter and stuff to it that makes it bad for you.

I always go for basmati, but not always the brown.  Sometimes it's just not soft enough for what I want to eat it with.  I think the trick is washing it.  You should always wash your rice until the water runs clear.  This helps the rice puff up as much as it can, giving you more volume without having to use more grains.
I like yellow or mexican rice and that has a pretty high caloric intake . We eat it a bit.
It's not the rice that's unhealthy. Portion size, bad eating habits or poor food choices overall are the problem.

In Japan where white rice is the main part of every traditional meal (and even the non-traditional ones!) when women decide to diet, they don't cut out rice. They reduce their potion size by 1/4 or more dependng on the diet.

A standard serving of Japanese rice is 150g or 250 calories. A slice of white bread is about 120 calories, so a bowl of rice and a two-slice sandwich are about equivalent.

If it's available in where you are, semi-polished rice is halfway bwetten brown rice and white rice - not all the hull has been removed. It's very good: not as nutty as brown rice and more nutritious than white rice.

Another way to improve the nutrition of your white rice is to mix in some brown rice or grain before cooking.
mediatinker - where do you get the semi-polished rice?
Rice is as healthy or unhealthy as you make it. White rice is pretty much empty calories, whereas brown rice has protein, fiber, and good whole grains. Brown rice tastes awesome with some seasoning and maybe some pepper or tomato chunks to liven it up!

Also, just as a side note, it doesn't matter WHEN you eat your food, it's how much. Eating food at night will not make you gain weight; eating over your calories, however, will. ;) Smart portions will allow you to have rice every day, so long as you fit it into your calories.
Yes, not the rice, but also they dont eat as much fatty rubbish we do. Fish and rice are a good couple in these countyr,and they use soy sauce. They also drink soup with every meal in japan - a watery broth, so they can eat less rice. In palces like china, more people walk or ride bicycles to work.
So think about it - what makes you fatter - the same amount of white rice, with stemaed fish and greens, with a side of miso soup to fill you,  or rice with a butter filled, bread coated chicken kiev, with a big side of veggies and possibly a creamy prawn sauce? Its not always the case but still.

Also look out for doongara rice (low GI) and mathatma. Also aussies we have a reduced cal rice that's low GI in a brand called 100 healthy calories. Will do more research and get back to you
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I love rice and I eat it everyday. Like someone else said you just have to watch out  your portion size.  For brown rice avoid the supermarket brands, that rice tastes horrible!  If you have access to a chinese or japanese market buy your brown rice there.  They have the small and medium grain variety and for some reason it just tastes so much better.  
An interesting side note...I'm an American who has been in Japan for the past few months.  I've gained about 8 lbs since coming here.  I'm sure they cut their portions at home but the restaurants portions rival what you would get in the US.  And very often you will be served what seems to be a full meal but then they bring out a huge bowl of white rice to go on the side.  I'm truly amazed at how they stay so slim here!
i agree with eating white rice... i eat LOADS of basmati white ... i basically live off of it when im poor... but have tried to cut down recently to put more protein in...

i say... EAT RICE JUST DONT ADD SALT, BUTTER OR HAVE TOO MUCH.... why would u want to spoil that perfect rice by adding things to it.... and ieat a small bowl of it for lunch with loadsa veggies so its not bad just not too much people!!
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Can yo say about advantages and disadvantages of eating rice ?
Hey for anyone who loves rice (white or brown) I highly suggest using herbs and spices - just add them with the water. Anything you like.
Yeah. I'm not a fat Chinese person but I'm not skinny one either. (Hey, most of those Asian people don't have boobs, and I do. ;p)

But not all rice is bad. I eat rice everyday and don't really gain a pound from it.

Our rice (pure white) is much healthier than the average American rice, filled with butter, salt, or other bad neccessities. Though most people think we eat fried rice everyday as rice (or something), seriously. We don't. I don't really eat fried rice on a daily basis. In fact, I can't remember the time I had fried rice.

Anyway, the brown rice is a great alternative. It's whole in grains, nutty, and more flavorful. But you can still have our sticky, warm white rice.

Plus, we also add veggies to rice.

Disadvantages of rice: Ya eat too much, ya get fat. See, people in Asia don't eat much white bread. So they don't get fat. They also have smaller bowls (4 inches in circumference and 2 inches height) so we may eat two bowls, but it's portion is still smaller than a big plate.

I'd say more...and probably will.
I love sake too. It's rice wine, but you can have the non alcholic type.
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Rice, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 360 kcal 1510 kJ
Carbohydrates 79 g
Fat 0.6 g
Protein 7 g
Vitamin B6 0.15 mg 12%
Water 13 g

I love my brown basmati rice!  I cook up a batch and freeze it in 1/2 cup servings - just right!
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I really don't think I can give up my white rice. @_@;

And, honestly, I don't think it's unhealthy, really. Compared to other things.
When I eat rice, I eat it alone without... butter... or... anything.
And I eat it with veggies. Like. Kimchee.

I mix in other grains like pressed barley and some brown rice. But brown rice alone would kill me.

If you can just watch the portions, it should be fine...
It isnt unhealthY!! Its only if you just eat rice. And lots of it.
Mixing in grains is great - you're lowing the GI
As long as you keep within your cal limits, you can eat what you like. its just white rice is pretty plain nutritionally and doesnt keep most ppl full (like me, i easily down 8 cups in a sitting >x< )
I think the thought or "rice" in US is like Rice o Roni or Rice with cheese, butter, and other stuff in it ... ... ... in that case, of course it is not healthy :p

Rice is the base pallate in your plate, I say. It serves as the foundation to your rich/spicy/salty/etc dishes. That is how I always see it, and that is how we traditionally always eat rice. White rice. Not even brown rice. (Brown rice back where I come from is more expensive. And staple food has got to be cheap)
Yeah. Agreed
Instead of butter (bad fats) or cheese, try with a little sprinkling of sesame seeds. They may be a little high cal (compared to a spirnklng of shredded seaweed whcih is also nice) but they add a great flavour, and boost your zinc. 1 tsp of self roasted (no oil added) seeds = 17 cal. I use about 2 tsp. When I have spare cals, i add a few chopped cashews after cooking. Its amaxing how mkuch taste 3-4 cashews gives to rice.

I love sticky rice but its sooo high GI and not filling for long, so I just use extra water with my doongara (low GI) rice and its yum as
Rice is one of the few cheap grains I can eat. (There are a lot of them that are safe, but most are hard to find and rather expensive.) I eat it rather frequently and haven't had any problems - but I limit other starches and never add sugar to anything unless I'm way under my calorie count for the day and need to bring it up a little without getting uncomfortably full.

The trick is to measure the rice BEFORE it's cooked to get portion sizes correct. I cook mine a long time to make it fluffier, so 1 cup of that rice would be fewer calories than rice that's just barely cooked long enough to be tender. But if you measure before you cook it, then you get the same amount either way; the only real change is the water content.

I just put a little garlic salt on it, usually.
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