Healthy and De­li­cious

Food and Travel (Singapore) - - Special Feature -

Boast­ing a slew of health ben­e­fits as well as an in­cred­i­bly low GI, TAJ Bas­mati Rice is the per­fect rice sub­sti­tute for those seek­ing a health­ier op­tion but yet do not wish to com­pro­mise on taste.

Hop­ing to re­duce your car­bo­hy­drate in­take, but can’t bear the thought of elim­i­nat­ing rice from your diet? Re­plac­ing reg­u­lar white rice with bas­mati rice could be your best op­tion.

Un­like white rice, which con­tains high carb con­tent and has a high glycemic in­dex (GI), bas­mati is an ex­tremely healthy grain – it con­tains all eight es­sen­tial amino acids, folic acid, is gluten free, low in fat and sodium, and has no choles­terol.


Glycemic In­dex is the rank­ing of car­bo­hy­drates on a scale of 0-100 ac­cord­ing to the ex­tent they raise blood sugar lev­els af­ter con­sump­tion of a food that con­tains car­bo­hy­drates.

Un­known to many, white rice typ­i­cally has a high glycemic in­dex be­tween 72 and 83, and foods with a high glycemic in­dex of 70 and above can cause your blood sugar lev­els to peak within a short pe­riod of time, which could dam­age your blood ves­sels and nerves and, over time, con­trib­ute to heart dis­ease, kid­ney dis­ease, blind­ness and stroke.


The best part? Bas­mati is re­puted for its low to medium GI. Foods that are low in GI are di­gested over a longer pe­riod of time, which will keep you feel­ing full for longer. This in turn pre­vents overeat­ing, and helps in calo­ries con­trol.

Stud­ies have also shown that lower GI car­bo­hy­drates pro­duce lower aver­age in­sulin lev­els over the day, which al­lows greater use of fat as the source of fuel.

Di­a­betes suf­fers, too, can en­joy low GI foods with­out wor­ry­ing about af­fect­ing their blood glu­cose lev­els.


Apart from a slew of health ben­e­fits, bas­mati, which is com­monly used in In­dian, Mid­dle East­ern and Per­sian cook­ing, is also ap­peal­ing in terms of taste and tex­ture – it fea­tures a slightly nutty fra­grance and flavour with a beau­ti­fully fluffy tex­ture.


Bas­mati rice should ideally be soaked for at least 30 min­utes be­fore cook­ing. This al­lows the grains to ab­sorb wa­ter and cook evenly with­out break­ing.


As with pur­chas­ing other types of rice such as white rice and brown rice, there’s lit­tle doubt that con­sumers who are look­ing for bas­mati rice are pretty much spoilt for choice as well, with plenty of brands avail­able in the su­per­mar­ket. There­fore, if you are un­sure of which one to pick from the slew of op­tions pre­sented to you, look no fur­ther than TAJ Au­then­tic Bas­mati Rice.

Cul­ti­vated once a year in the pris­tine Indo-gangetic Plain be­neath the Hi­malayan sub ranges, TAJ Bas­mati Rice has been tested and cer­ti­fied by Te­masek An­a­lyt­i­cal Ser­vice Fa­cil­ity with an in­cred­i­bly low GI of 51, mak­ing it the per­fect rice sub­sti­tute for health con­scious in­di­vid­u­als. In fact, its GI is even lower than other brown or whole grain rice.

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