Have you ever joked with someone “don’t worry, I’ve taken all of the calories out” when they are reluctant to have a slice of chocolate cake? Well, scientists may not be able to make calorie-free chocolate cake (yet), but, they have discovered how to reduce the calories in a portion of rice by half. It’s a start!

According to a report by Sudhair James, a chemistry student at the College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka, cooking rice a certain way can reduce the calories absorbed by the body by 50-60%. Here’s how the process works.

  • Take a pot of boiling water
  • Before adding the rice, add coconut oil (about a teaspoon for half a cup of rice)
  • Cook the rice as normal
  • Leave the rice to cool in the refrigerator for 12 hours
  • Warm the rice up in the microwave
  • Eureka! Tasty rice with half the calories!

Sounds very simple, but the process involves some amazing food chemistry. Apparently, the process converts the starch in the rice into a version that isn’t easily turned into glucose in the stomach. As a result, your body doesn’t absorb as many calories.

Now, before you get too excited, the 50-60% decrease in calories is just hypothetical at this point. The researchers involved in this study hope to reach this level in the future. In addition, they are using Suduru Samba, a variety of rice that lends itself well to the transformation. That said, it’s an intriguing idea none-the-less.

Personally, I’m really curious how the process works. If you give it a try, please post your experience in the comments below.

What do you think of this process? Do you think that you will give it a try? What other food do you wish someone would remove the calories from (I vote for chocolate cake)? Please join the conversation.

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