View Full Version : Cooking my rice.....Washing them ?

11-18-2005, 08:36 PM
Okay, I eat white rice...not minute rice, the ones you must cook in a rice cooker. The thing is I rinse it with water before cooking it, does this get rid of it nutritional value ?

BTW is white rice any good to eat before working out, as a source of energy ? Or is it better for after workouts ?

11-18-2005, 09:08 PM
washing rice does not cause its nutritional value to go down.

i prefer to eat low GI carbs like oats or pasta before working out so i have a steady stream of energy.

11-18-2005, 09:49 PM
better post workout i would say

11-18-2005, 11:24 PM
Hmmm, should of done a google search :-/


So I guess your washing your rice before cooking is to get rid of excess starch, never knew that. They also mentioned if the rice is enriched it will wash off the vitamins and minerals that were added.

11-18-2005, 11:30 PM
I never bother washing rice.

And pre- or post- workout it would be fine - presumably you'd eat it with some protein?

Brown rice has a very similar GI to white rice. I prefer the taste of brown though, and there's more fibre.

11-19-2005, 01:16 AM
Rice in the United States is fortified with vitamins and minerals, including iron. Since this is usually applied in the form of a dusting of powder on the exterior of the rice, if you rinse the rice, you are rinsing away these enrichments as well. In the end, the choice to rinse is up to you, as neither way is "wrong."
doh, sorry for the slight bad advice. i've never bought rice from the US.

11-19-2005, 05:49 AM
I just can't imagine NOT washing rice. To me, it would be like taking some grain or corn and using it for cooking straight off the truck and out of the storage silo... I always eat Japanese/California rice (I don't know if it's enriched or not).

11-20-2005, 07:05 AM
I dont wash mine but I agree with Built on the brown rice.


11-22-2005, 08:25 PM
Washing brown rice a good idea, but don't wash white rice otherwise you loose the enriched added micronutrients..... brown rice has significantly more value in terms of nutrition.
Read these rice links;