A new kind of diet rice said to come in at just 7.7 calories per 100g has been launched across the UK. Considering that a 100g portion of white basmati rice provides 350 calories, this is a big claim from British producers Eat Water.
The product, branded ‘Slim Rice’, is made of 97% water combined with konjac, an Asian root said to suppress hunger pangs and prevent over-eating by stabilising blood-sugar levels.
So far Slim Rice doesn’t sound particularly appetising, and it doesn’t get much better. It is said to be a lot chewier than normal rice and flavourless save for a strong starchy smell which, according to instructions, can be removed with warm water.
Despite this less than appealing description, dieters have been flocking to health food shops, including Holland and Barrett, to get their hands on the new Slim range, which also includes pasta and noodle varieties. But would you spend £2.50 on two portions of food that essentially offer no nutritional value?
Tam Fry from the National Obesity Forum is sceptical. She said: “There are nasty side effects to konjac. It will make you feel fuller but doesn’t do much for you. Konjac is an appetite suppressant and people will eat it thinking they will get slim but might not be aware they could be starving themselves of nutrients.”
Many people looking to burn fat quickly think the key is to cut the carbs. True, too much bread, pasta and rice can make you put on weight but, like most foods, in moderation, these products are an important part of a balanced diet.
Choosing something like whole-wheat spaghetti or brown rice is more sensible than opting for heavily processed diet foods. Whole-wheat spaghetti is tasty, filling and full of dietary fibre, selenium and manganese. It is also low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, making it a great accompaniment to vegetables and protein (fish or meat).