Studies have shown that fat is not the enemy when it comes to weight management. Instead, many modern diets like Keto and Paleo steer away from carbs in order to promote quick weight loss. For those who wish to lose weight quickly or increase their fiber intake, GohanLite’s Calorie-Reduced Pre-Cooked Rice is a great way to do so without necessarily going on a diet.

WHAT IS GOHANLITE’S CALORIE-REDUCED PRE-COOKED RICE?


Gohanlite’s rice is essentially rice that is already cooked, neatly packaged in a convenient microwavable pouch for you to heat up once mealtime rolls around. The rice, harvested from Batangas, Pampanga, and Nueva Ecija, is fermented with plant-based bacteria, using Japanese technology. The process increases the amount of resistant starch in the rice, which has half the calories of regular starch. To quote Healthline, “The higher the resistant starches contained in a food, the fewer calories it will have.” Resistant starch also works like soluble fiber: it passes through our bodies undigested, so we absorb less of the calories.

The rice is then packaged into plastic pouches, which are made specially in Japan. They can withstand boiling temperatures and microwave heat without affecting the quality of the rice.

A regular cup of white jasmine rice is 340 calories, whereas a serving of GohanLite’s rice is 208 calories—almost half the calories of the former.

So, let’s say you consume 3 cups of white rice a day—that adds up to 1012 calories, while 3 cups of GohanLite rice amounts to only 600 calories. Substituting white rice with GohanLite means you’ll be cutting out a little over 400 calories a day, or 2800 calories a week. You can lose up to 2 pounds a week this way (and 2 pounds a week is the suggested healthy maximum—losing weight at a faster rate may not be beneficial for your health.)
On top of this, GohanLite’s rice contains less carbs and more fiber than regular rice, which makes it an ideal choice for those suffering with hypertension and diabetes. It’s also incredibly convenient—having pre-cooked rice in a pack saves time you might have spent cooking and cleaning up afterwards. With GohanLite, you just have to chuck the pack into a microwave and you’re good to go!

HOW TO PREPARE IT


STEP 1: Tear a small opening into the package.

STEP 2: Pop the package into a microwave and heat for two minutes.

STEP 3: Transfer to a plate!

If you don’t have a microwave, you can alternately place the (closed) pack inside a pot of boiling water for 15 minutes. Be careful with handling the package though—it does get very hot after it’s heated, so it may need a minute or so to cool down before you open it. The rice might look a little wet at first, but after a few moments the excess liquid will evaporate.

HOW IT COMPARES


Surprisingly, it just tastes like normal rice. One might expect it to taste subtly of chemicals, or have a strange texture, but there are no weird aftertastes or smells. The closest thing it can be compared it to is overcooked Japanese rice. It’s soft—the rice grains break easily in the mouth, perhaps because they’ve been pre-cooked—but not unpleasantly so. If you were served this rice in a restaurant without being told it came from a package, you wouldn’t be able to guess it wasn’t cooked the usual way!

VERDICT


It’s an easy, convenient way to cut calories if you are trying to lose weight, but have a busy lifestyle and always find yourself on the go. The benefits of added fiber are great for people who suffer from diabetes or hypertension, too! Although admittedly it’s a little more pricey than regular rice at 45 pesos per pack, the convenience of not having to cook or clean up is such a huge plus. If it’s within your budget and you’re trying to cut calories, give it a try!

The GohanLite Calorie-Reduced Pre-Cooked Rice (200g) is available on BeautyMNL for P45 only. Shop it right here!

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