Rice is a staple food for a majority of Indonesians. In fact, there’s even an Indonesian saying that goes “if one has not eaten rice, one hasn’t eaten at all.” For most Indonesians, going without rice at least 2 times a day is unthinkable!
Indonesia produces at least 40 million tonnes of rice a year including white rice, brown rice, black rice and glutinous rice of the short and medium grain variety, and of this, the nation consumes at least 33 million tonnes. But today, we want to talk to you about Basmati rice, which is a long-grain variety native to India and Pakistan.
Basmati rice is a favourite amongst rice lovers thanks to its extra-long slender grains, fragrant aroma, delicious taste and soft, fluffy texture upon cooking. It is often used in Indian and Middle-Eastern cuisines but it has become increasingly popular amongst rice eaters here in Indonesia and in many other parts of the world.
This can also be attributed to Basmati’s distinctive, unique and slightly “nutty” flavour which is perfect when used in the beloved Indonesian dish, “Nasi Kebuli”.
How healthy is Basmati rice compared to short-grain white rice?
According to Healthline, 163 grams of cooked Basmati rice contains 210 calories, 4.4 grams of protein, 0.5 grams of fat and 0.7 grams of fiber. However, in terms of nutritional content, it has been noted that there are no significant differences between the Basmati rice and any other short or medium grain white rice – they contain roughly the same amount of calories.
Basmati rice is also great for diabetics or those who are on a low-carb diet; while most white rice has a high glycemic index, Basmati rice’s glycemic index is only between 50 and 58. It also contains a significant amount of fibre, which can help with digestion and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Basmati rice contains a plethora of nutrients and fibres that slow down the body’s digestion process and streamline blood sugar. This means that you will feel fuller for longer when eating Basmati rice as opposed to eating short-grain or other medium-grain white rice. This is good news for those who are watching their weights, as feeling full for longer will prevent you from indulging anytime you feel the impulse.
Basmati rice has a higher content of fiber, which can potentially reduce the risk of developing diabetes. Fiber can also stabilize blood sugars, improve heart health and reduce bad cholesterol.
Choose better rice
Rice is a must for many, but just like almost everything else in life, it should be consumed in moderation. This is particularly true for diabetics and those with high blood sugar. For many people, it is impossible to omit rice from their diet but if you’re looking for a healthier alternative without giving up white rice, then option for Basmati rice instead. It is definitely the smarter choice to make!
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