You may have noticed we have started using basmati rice in our meals. Let’s face it, not all of us love eating brown rice – ALL THE TIME – and Basmati rice is packed with good stuff! It’s a great source of soluble fibre, meaning it adds bulk and helps move water through the gastrointestinal tract, is high in B vitamins including B1 (thiamine) which is important for brain health and also contains nutrients such as copper, folate, iron magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.
Basmati rice has a glycemic index (GI) between 50 and 58, making it a low to medium glycemic index food. So what’s GI I hear you asking? It’s how the quick or slow carbohydrates react on the body in increasing blood glucose levels. High GI foods (>70) produce a higher rise in blood sugar levels and low GI foods (<55) a slower release and lower rise in blood sugar levels. So we want to try to include more low to med GI foods in our diet. This includes whole grains, rolled oats, whole grain cereals, multigrain breads, soba noodles, brown and Basmati rice!