Rice is an excellent staple, well balanced in nutrients and nourishing to the body. And as much as it is important to choose not-overly processed, non-enriched, unbleached rice, equally important is the way you cook it. We are here to tell you about the healthiest way of cooking rice which happens to be the most ancient and time-honored method and delicious too…
When cooked in conventional metal/ceramic cookware, rice becomes unhealthy in many ways…
1. Metals from metal cookware: At cooking temperature, all metals leach ions that react with food, a biochemical entity that consists of water, nutrients, vitamins & minerals, proteins and carbs.
2. Chemicals from ceramics and glazes: Similarly, the chemicals in ceramic, glaze and enamel leach toxins into food. These toxins are assimilated with food and accumulate in organs and blood to cause serious health problems over time.
3. Unevenly cooked rice & grains: Also, the heat from metal/ceramic pots is harsh and is not distributed uniformly – they are always hotter at the bottom than the top. So, rice is cooked unevenly unless stirred often.
4. Diabetes – A pandemic: Rice and other grains are made of simple carbs, complex carbs, vitamins, and minerals. These potent nutrients are delicate and subject to damage. So, most of the complex carbs AND vitamins and minerals are lost. When the body is provided a uneven cooking depleted diet with an excess of simple carbs, it leads to mismanagement of the insulin hormone leading to diabetes — no wonder it has become a common health problem among the masses.
Cooking rice in a conventional metal/ceramic cookware can be anything but healthy. Luckily, there’s a healthy alternative – pure clay pots. These are made from certified pure-clay that is proven to be 100% non-toxic as it is free from metals or chemicals. Being made from a pure form of earth, the walls of these pots are micro-porous that let excess moisture evaporate once the rice is cooked, separating the grains naturally.
There are so many other features to cooking rice in these healthy “earth” pots than metals and ceramics. Alisa, a passionate pure clay cook says after cooking rice in pure-clay pots, “The rice cooks even before the water fully boils!”