Yes. Rice is a complex carbohydrate, easy to digest and does not increase sugar levels. Research shows that rice, wholewheat rice in particular, is good for the heart and is recommended to those suffering from blood sugar level problems.
Wholewheat rice is whole grain rice that includes its outer shell, rich in fibres, vitamins and minerals. White rice is wholewheat rice without the outer shell. White rice is easier to cook and digest and can be stored longer than wholewheat rice.
Classic brown sugar, light and dark, is raw sugar that is less processed than white sugar. In the sugar production process, the sugar cane is crushed and the liquids are separated. The liquids are boiled and naturally transform into molasses and yellow crystal-shaped sugar grains. The difference in shade, light or dark, is determined by the percentage of natural molasses in the sugar. Brown sugar contains only natural, additive-free sugar from the sugar cane. When the sugar is dissolved in water, the yellow grains sink to the bottom and the colour of the water changes. Syrup melts faster than the crystals in hot water - therefore the molasses are released from the crystals and melt before the sugar crystals.
There are a few ways to deal with this. Firstly, do not cook the legumes in the water in which they are soaked – the water is full of gasses released by the legumes! It is recommended to change the water several times while soaking. Secondly, place a piece of Japanese kombu seaweed or a sliced potato in the cooking water to absorb the gases – they “know” how to absorb the gases. You can also eat legumes sprouts that do not cause gas.
Definitely. Chickpeas are a legume that contains a high percentage of protein, vitamins and minerals. Chickpeas are recommended to those who suffer from heart conditions and blood sugar levels – they can also serve as a preventative against these same conditions. Chickpeas are very important for vegetarians because of the protein levels. Research shows that regular consumption helps maintain general health and well-being.
Mini beans, ful, and chickpeas should be soaked in water before cooking. They should be left soaking over night in regular or pre-boiled water. Lentils do not need to be soaked before they are cooked. For further details see the articles section on the Sugat website.
Definitely. There are many recipes in which you can do this: biscuits, cakes, Chinese recipes containing sugar, pancakes, hot drinks and more. It is important to remember that brown sugar is less sweet than white sugar, so adding more brown sugar to the recipe may be necessary to reach the desirable level of sweetness. This is a healthier solution, providing a richer, deeper taste.
There are two main types of rice: long-grained rice called Japonika and short-grained rice called Indica. Indian, Persian and basmati rice are considered long-grained rice while round rice and sushi rice are considered short-grained. Each type of rice has its own suitable foods and sometimes these are not interchangeable. For example: you cannot make sushi with Indian rice or basmati rice, because it will not stick together well. For further details, visit the recipes section on the Sugat website.
They have a high percentage of protein (important to vegetarians), vitamins and minerals. They are also a great side dish for every type of food and can even be used as a main dish. Researchers recommend legumes to those suffering from heart problems and diabetes, and suggest they be included as part of your daily diet