A Simple Trick to Reduce Calories in Rice by Half! – NDTV Food

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A Simple Trick to Reduce Calories in Rice by Half! If you’ve always loved rice but avoided it for the sake of your diet dreams, here’s a piece of good news that will put it back on your plate. It may sound too good to be true but scientists from the College of Chemical Sciences in Colombo have discovered a simple cooking method that can help reduce the calorie content of rice by 60 percent! Starchy foods like rice are a good source of carbohydrates and energy. When we eat it, our body breaks it down into simple sugars. Certain leftovers may be stored by the body and converted into glucose whenever needed. But excess of glucose in the body may be stored as fat and it may lead to obesity. “Because obesity is a growing health problem, especially in many developing countries, we wanted to find food-based solutions,” said team leader Sudhair James from College of Chemical Sciences, Colombo, Western, Sri Lanka. The team experimented with 38 kinds of rice to see if they can alter the composition that can trick the body to absorb fewer calories. Rice is made up of digestible and resistant starch. Unlike digestible starch, resistant starch is not broken down into glucose and simple sugars and absorbed into the bloodstream. Thus, the researchers reasoned that if they could transform digestible starch into resistant starch, it could lower the amount of calories absorbed by the body from rice. “We discovered that increasing rice resistant starch (RS) concentrations was a novel way to approach the problem,” James added.

They suggest a simple way to achieve this – add a little fat, and then let it cool. According to their research, adding a teaspoon of coconut oil while cooking and refrigerating it for 12 hours after it is cooked reduces the number of calories absorbed by the body.

To prove this, they added a teaspoon of coconut oil to boiling water. Then, they added a half a cup of rice. They simmered this for 40 minutes, but one could boil it for 20-25 minutes instead, the researchers noted. Then, they refrigerated it for 12 hours. This procedure increased the resistant starch by 10 times for traditional, non-fortified rice. By using a specific heating and cooking regimen, the scientists concluded that “if the best rice variety is processed, it might reduce the calories by about 50-60 percent”.

Why does it work? It works because coconut oil enters the starch granules during the cooking process and changes their architecture. It acts as a barrier against the digestive enzymes. Cooling is important because it releases amylose, the soluble part of starch. During the cooling process, amylose molecules arrange themselves into tight hydrogen bonds around the grains which make it more resistant to digestion.

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They further noted that reheating the rice did not alter the benefits, so it works with leftovers too. These findings were presented at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Denver. The team plans to work on exploring whether other oils can have the same effect.

Source: A Simple Trick to Reduce Calories in Rice by Half! – NDTV Food

Choosing a Nordic Walking Pole

Foreword There is no formal, legal definition of what exact characteristics constitute a Nordic walking pole, or stick. Established brands of Nordic walking poles in Europe include Exel (Finland), Gabel (Italy), Kompardell (Austria), Leki (Germany), and Swix (Norway). In Canada, an established brand is Nordixx. There are two points of contention around Nordic walking poles: the question of wrist straps, and the actual construction of the poles themselves. Nordic walking associations around the world seem to agree that technically if a pole doesn’t have straps and doesn’t have angled rubber feet, then while it may be a fine pole for some kind of walking, and even though the maker of it may say it’s for Nordic walking, that it’s not technically, actually a Nordic walking pole. Exerstrider poles, which are strapless poles made in the US, would therefore not be strictly classed as Nordic walking poles, though they are considered very good for other forms of fitness walking. Urban Poling poles made in Canada, also being strapless, would seem to fall into the category of being fitness walking poles like Exerstriders. Some poles are half way between, in that they have wrist straps but ones that seem more designed to prevent you dropping the poles rather than being necessarily a means of pushing the poles as the straps are on most Nordic poles. In any event, the strap vs strapless question seems to be a minor debate compared to the debate of fixed-length, adjustable-length pole vs one piece solid pole. I have to say that I found that the adjustable people come across as the more flexible (no pun intended) people in life, who seem inclined to say “whatever works best for you”, while some in the fixed-length camp can come across as rigid and ideological, and very unhappy that the rest of the world isn’t compelled to make the same morally superior pole choice as they did. And women won’t be surprised that all the egos involved here belong to men. This is just to say — weigh the pros and cons of both types of poles (as you’ll see below) in light of what you think will work best for you and your life, and don’t be bullied into deciding otherwise. Marko Kantaneva, one of the founders of the sport, apparently promotes both fixed-length and adjustable poles equally.

Source: Choosing a Nordic Walking Pole

Overtraining syndrome: five signs you need to take it easy – Telegraph

There are several factors that could led to sub-par results in the gym. For example, those following a training program that is a little too generic in nature could lose ground on their training progress simply because their workout isn’t optimal for their goal or body type. Other reasons include inadequate nutrition, poor form or simply incorrect exercise selection. But perhaps the most frustrating cause of poor results is over training, simply because the more you do the worse the cycle gets. Overtraining syndrome is a condition that occurs when the body is pushed (through exercise) beyond its natural ability to recover. Importantly, it’s not to be confused with mere tiredness, which is to be expected whenever you are engaged in a comprehensive workout regime. So how do you know when you have it? Mild overtraining syndrome is basically the same as having the flu: you feel rundown, and getting out of bed in the morning is tough. In extreme cases, when the body’s requests for recovery continue to be ignored, long term neurological, hormonal and muscular symptoms could occur. The balance between training hard and resting is always going to be a juggling act. It takes time to get to know your body and what its capable of. Once you learn to identify the signs of overtraining syndrome you’ll be able to strategically reign back your training in order to recover and come back harder another day.

Source: Overtraining syndrome: five signs you need to take it easy – Telegraph

Scientific Studies | Nordixx Inc.Nordixx Inc.

Scientific Studies International Overview on Clinical & Scientific Studies on Nordic Pole Walking General Studies: 1. NPW engages more than 90% of Body Muscles 2. NPW versus walking without poles: Percentage of Body Muscles involved Calorie Burning Rate per hour 3. Nordic Walking — “Whole body sport”. Interview by Dr. Henrike Ottenjahn Bachfischer K. MMW Fortschr Med. 2005 Jul 21;147(29-30):19. Germany 4. Comparison of kinematic and kinetic parameters between the locomotion patterns in Nordic walking, walking and running Kleindienst FI, Michel KJ, Schwarz J, Krabbe B. Sportverletz Sportschaden. 2006 Mar;20(1):25-30. German. PMID: 16544213 5. Effects of Nordic Pole Walking on Functional Capacity in Patients with Moderate to Severe Heart Failure ML Keast, R Reid, M Slovinec-D’Angelo, L McDonnell Minto Prevention & Rehabilitation Centre, Ottawa, 2010

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Okayu Japanese Rice Porridge Diet for Low Calorie Meals | Slism

apanese rice porridge (“Okayu”) makes an excellent base when thinking about low calories meals. The okayu diet replaces plain rice as a staple helping you cut back on as much as 300 calories per day just by switching over to rice porridge. Lose weight while still being able to eat on the rice porridge diet.

Source: Okayu Japanese Rice Porridge Diet for Low Calorie Meals | Slism

23 Ways to Reduce Wrinkles

23 Ways to Reduce Wrinkles

Whether you’re 35 and just beginning to see the first signs of aging, or 55 with skin that isn’t exactly keeping your birthday a secret, seeking ways to reduce wrinkles is probably on your agenda.

At the same time, experts say, many of us are losing the wrinkle battle, watching helplessly as the glow of youth goes on the dimmer switch.

“Many women as well as men believe that aging skin is inevitable, but with the information and technologies we have today, you really can look as young as you feel,” says Robin Ashinoff, MD, a dermatologist at the Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.

To help put you on the right path, WebMD asked Ashinoff and several other experts what really works to reduce wrinkles. What follows are 23 ways experts say you can make a difference. While some require a visit to the dermatologist, many are things you can do on your own.

via 23 Ways to Reduce Wrinkles.