Published: 08/09/2018 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei, PhD
There are lots of people who can’t eat wheat, nor barley, nor rye. There are even some people who can’t eat millet or buckwheat. They can, however, consume rice without any problems. That’s because rice contains an easily digested starch, and is gluten-free. This makes it an ideal food for people who or intolerant or allergic to gluten, or for those who have problems digesting it.
The fundamental diet for celiacs involves completely eliminating products that contain gluten (the aforementioned grains). However, they can safely include rice, which also has no fat, sodium, or cholesterol.
Rice can be used to make an infinite amount of dishes. Flour is even made from rice, to make delicious breads, appetizers, starters, creams, pastas, and more. You can also find rice oil, rice bran, etc. We cannot stress enough that rice is a highly nutritious gran, and has no disadvantages when compared to other grains.
If you suffer from an allergy to any of the aforementioned grains, or are gluten intolerant, we have to point out that you must carefully read the labels of the products you buy, and avoid buying large amounts of it, because they can be mixed with other grains.
If you buy rice flour, try to make sure it is 100% rice flour, and that it hasn’t’ been processed where other grains were also processed; this could leave traces of these other grains in your flour. If you are in doubt, or the label is not clear, it’s best to eliminate that option right then and there until you can properly follow up with the producer. This information is usually on the container.
White or whole grain rice
There are several types of rice, the most common of which white and whole grain rice. It is important that you know that whole grain rice contains a lot more protein (8.40%) than white rice (7.24%), because it is not refined, and still contains its shell. However, one cup of whole grain rice takes 3 hours to digest, while white rice only takes 2 hours. Whole grain rice contains 2.02% fiber, while white rice, only 0.8%. In regards to sodium, whole grain contains 11.6%, while white only contains 7%. For minerals, whole grain with its shell contains 3.1% iron (1.5% for white), and 18% calcium (7.75% for white).
Lastly, we must point out that this you suffer from any allergy, it is always recommendable to follow a light diet, and that once in a while, you go on a cleansing diet. Avoid white sugar, as several allergies are caused by an intoxicated body, or when you eat one certain food excessively.
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