Basmati rice is a delicacy that I have adored for my entire life and is something that we are incredibly passionate about at the Amira Group. As well as being one of the most delicious and luxurious varieties of rice money can buy, it is also an incredibly healthy food option. Below are just a few of the reasons why basmati is considered by many to be a “supergrain” and why you should include Amira rice as part of a healthy diet.
It Has A Low G.I.
Glycaemic Index or GI is a number used to measure the way in which certain foods release glucose into the blood stream. Basmati rice has a low GI in comparison to other carbohydrates such as potatoes, pasta or regular white rice. Foods with lower GI levels tend to release glucose into the bloodstream slowly, resulting in several health benefits, as this prevents sudden spikes in blood sugar levels associated with high glucose foodstuffs and keeps your energy levels better regulated.
Foods low in GI are also highly recommended for sufferers or those at risk of diabetes, with several leading experts believing that eating lower glycaemic foods help to keep blood sugar under control and decreases the need for insulin.
It’s Low In Fat
Amira is low in fat, very low. A 100g serving of our Superior Aromatic rice contains a miniscule 0.5g of fat, and more importantly our rice is completely free from saturated fats. Excessive consumption of saturated fat is what causes the build-up cholesterol in your blood, and as well as increasing your risk of contracting heart disease, high cholesterol can also increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and narrowed arteries.
It’s Gluten Free
Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat and several related grains such as rye and barley. Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease that effects 1% of the population and is caused by gluten consumption. Eating gluten-free foods such as basmati rice, will help those who suffer from coeliac disease to avoid the harmful effects that gluten may have on their health, while still benefitting from the essential nutrition offered by a carbohydrate such as rice.
It Contains All Eight Essential Amino Acids
Amino acids are organic compounds that the body uses to produce proteins, perform critical metabolic functions in the formation of other molecules and to produce energy. While the body synthesizes many of the amino acids we need naturally, there are eight essential amino acids that we can only obtain from the food we eat. The eight original essential amino acids are isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine and can all be obtained from eating basmati rice!
It’s Allergy Friendly
As well as providing the nutritional benefits listed above, basmati is also an incredibly allergy friendly food option. It is free from the ‘Big-8’ allergens; milk, eggs, shellfish, fish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soya, which are recognised as accounting for 90% of all food allergies. This is particularly helpful due to the fact that many of the world’s most popular staple foods such as bread, pasta and spaghetti, all contain wheat, making basmati an excellent alternative for those with wheat allergies.