DOES BROWN RICE CAUSE BLOATING?
Q I experience a sense of bloating frequently. Also, although I have been trying for several months to lose weight, I find that it has not dropped at all. I eat brown rice for lunch and dinner. Do you think this could be a reason for bloating?
AIf you feel bloated constantly, you should not be eating brown rice; white rice is a better option.
Although white rice is a grain and grains generally tend to leave people with a bloated feeling, white rice does not behave like a grain.
It is low in anti nutrients and sugar starches. Since in the case of white rice the outer layer is absent, it does not irritate or inflame the gut. Brown rice has more anti nutrients, and will actually lead to bloating and other problems associated with gut inflammation.
While brown rice suits certain body types, it does not agree with those who have an inflamed gut. One thing to keep in mind when you eat white rice is to add some good fats like ghee or butter into the preparation to make sure that your sugar level does not shoot up when you consume it.
RASHI CHOWDHARY is a nutritionist, diabetes educator and creator of The Protein Bake Shop