Rice. It’s a grain, it’s a starch, it’s 80%
carbohydrates. But it’s also one of the basic and most important foods in Ayurveda. In this video, we’ll take a look at five important benefits of rice. Hi. This is Livia with Healthy Happy and Wise bringing you the latest Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle tips. Rice, along with many other grains, has gotten a bad reputation and has been dismissed by some recent diets as just a carbohydrate
void of any substantial nutrients. But rice is still a staple in large parts of
the world, especially Asia. There are dozens of varieties of rice including white, red, and black versions. Rice has also been adopted by non-Asian cuisines: the Spanish have their paella, the Italians their risotto, and in the Middle East they have pilaf. So here is why you may want to keep it in your diet. Number one. Rice is suitable for all three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Rice is especially nourishing for Vata, due to its sweet quality, and for Pitta, due to its cooling quality. Kapha can also eat rice in moderation. Ayurveda prefers Basmati rice, which is called the king of all rices. Basmati rice is sattvic, builds ojas, and has a high level of prana. It’s also very aromatic, and less sticky than some other rices. Basmati rice has a lower glycemic index than some other varieties. Number two. Rice is very easy to digest,
especially Basmati, and compared to other carbohydrates such as wheat, corn,
and potato, rice starch is nearly completely absorbed in the human body. Because it’s easy to digest, it’s good for sick people or those suffering from digestive issues. Number three. Rice is gluten-free and it’s one of the least allergenic foods. It’s suitable for people with irritable bowel syndrome. There has been so many issues with wheat and corn, so rice seems to be a suitable and safe alternative. Number four. Basmati rice has detoxifying properties. Especially when it’s combined with split
mung dal into kitchari. This rice and dal dish is a classic Ayurvedic detox meal that is given to sick people, or people undergoing panchakarma, which is an Ayurvedic detox program. Even though it’s detoxifying, kitchari is also nourishing, because the different amino acids from the mung bean and the rice combine to
form a more complete protein. So you can live on kitchari for many days, And number five. Rice has medicinal qualities. Historically, different rices have been
used to treat different ailments both in China and India. In China, rice was used
to restore tranquility and peace. It was also used as a digestive aid and muscle tonic. In India, rice is considered the best of the grains. The Ayurvedic texts of the Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita praised it very highly. In India, they used different varieties of rice to treat ailments such as headaches, rheumatism, cough, and high blood pressure. They also gave it to women to increase milk secretion. Rice water was used to treat digestive issues such as irregular bowels, diarrhea, constipation, and dysentery.
There hasn’t been many studies investigating these properties of rice
that were traditionally used by the Vedic culture. So what type of rice is best for you? Some people say that brown rice is healthier than white rice. It’s true that brown rice contains more fats, fiber, and minerals. But it’s also harder to digest. It is more suitable for people with strong digestion, but
probably not the best for Vata people. Soaking and sprouting it can improve its
digestibility. There are many other varieties available now such as red rice. You can experiment with these and see how you’re able to digest them. The favorite rice in Ayurveda is Basmati rice. There are some versions of Basmati rice grown in the United States such as Texmati and Calmati.
These are fine. However, Indian Basmati rice is usually more flavorful, especially if it’s aged. And just like with anything else, make sure to get the organically grown variety to avoid pesticides and other chemicals. I hope I have convinced you that you don’t need to avoid rice, and it can be a small or large part of your diet depending on your body type. Remember to check out healthyhappynwise.com to learn more about the Ayurvedic lifestyle and diet . If there are any topics you are interested in. let us know in the comments, and we
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