It might be difficult for Filipinos to adopt the no white rice diet to lose weight. Here are some alternatives that might make the transition easier:
This grain is locally grown in the Philippines and is a better source for energy by about 3 times compared to white rice. While higher in caloric content, this grain also boasts a higher amount of nutrients than rice. Those with diabetes should also pay attention to this grain because of its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to lower blood sugar levels.
Compared to its white counterpart, brown rice only notches a 68 in the glycemic index. This makes brown rice a more favorable option for diabetics and those who are at risk of developing it. Brown rice also contains all the nutrients that were stripped off during the milling process.
Red rice is rich in nutrients much like brown rice. The only difference is it contains anthocyanins, which is the cause for its color. Anthocyanins have been known to reduce inflammation and allergies as well as lower the risk of cancer.
Cauliflower rice is great if you’re really looking to cut down your caloric intake. At 25 calories a cup, it also has vitamins and minerals that can sustain you throughout the day.
Sweet potato or kamote as it is locally called is abundant in fiber and complex carbohydrates. This sweet rice substitute can also boost your immunity with its high vitamin C content. It’s also high in vitamin A since it is rich in beta-carotene.
This superfood does it all. It is high in fiber, rich in protein and gluten-free. This grain is also easy to digest compared to white rice.