Most of these diseases such as diabetes/obesity/cancer often have multiple causes and complicated science behind them. We don’t want to be sounding like a simple solution to solve all these diseases. But let’s go through some of the well researched facts already out in public domain and decide for ourselves if rice cooking method really has anything to do with these diseases.
But let’s first start with the background of why we are writing about this. I remember my mom, visiting us in the year, 2014. It was then that the 60 year old lady used an electric rice cooker for the very first time in her life and needless to say, she seemed to like how conveniently rice could be cooked. Seeing her admiration for the simple daily use appliance, I offered, if I could buy one for her back in our native and to my surprise, her answer was a quick and resounding “NO”. She preferred her traditional boil-and-drain method of rice cooking (rice is cooked in plenty of water in an open vessel and the extra starch is drained out). “I don't like the extra starch that remains when you cook in these electric rice cookers as your dad is pre-diabetic and must avoid any excess sugar consumption,” said she.
These few lines coming from a simple user's perspective left me thinking and reflecting back. It also made my health-conscious wife, who had to deal with gestational diabetes, to switch to mom’s age old rice-cooking method! However, this comes with a heavy price. A very time-consuming and tedious process, where you have to keep watching to see when the rice gets cooked and at the precise moment, drain the hot extra starch, lest the rice gets soggy n sticky. In addition, this process involves a risk of injury due to spillage of the hot liquid. Not convenient at all.
Risk of Cancer - It was only sometime back that I came across an article with this heading: “Your rice cooking method might be poisoning you with Arsenic!” I was left stunned (you can read it here http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38910848 ).
It said that due to the widespread use of pesticides, rice contains traces of arsenic, which act as a slow poison for humans and are known to be cancer-causing. By cooking rice in 5:1 water-to-rice ratio and draining the excess starch water, we can reduce the arsenic content significantly. In contrast, the use of normal rice cookers only lets all the starch and the arsenic get absorbed back into rice.
Risk of Diabetes - one of the most dreaded diseases all over the world today, has been linked to high carbohydrate consumption, which for Indians, primarily comes from rice. Our country is known as the diabetes capital of the world. Public driven forums, like DLife in India (link http://www.forums.dlife.in/) and globally, like this one from UK ( http://www.diabetes.co.uk/) have millions of people advocating and helping each other to follow a low-carb lifestyle to fight diabetes and obesity. Draining the excess starch water after rice is cooked automatically lowers our carb/sugar intake without having to reduce our potion size and is one of the easiest ways to reduce the carbohydrate intake for a rice eater.
Therefore, our good old Indian boil-n-drain method of cooking rice seems like the best way as it helps keep diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cancer and so on at bay. Ayurveda also supports this. But the fact remains, it is nevertheless a lengthy & laborious process and there's no easy way to do it yet!
This very thought inspired me to develop my product, a modern fully automatic electric rice cooker which cooks rice in the Indian traditional boil & drain method. We have moonlighted on this project for last 2 years, thinking through the problems, designing a solution, prototyping and testing it. We did all this using the services of another small Indian engineering company and other freelancers. The product development has reached a stage where we feel it's a practical solution to go into our own and other consumers’ homes.
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