Rice is a staple dish of India especially along the coastal regions where people grow rice in abundance and eat it along with a thin curry for their main meals. Not just during the day, many consume rice in the night as well thinking it is easy to digest and their meals are incomplete without a serving of rice. If however, this holds true for you as well, you should know that eating rice in the night isn’t the best thing for your health especially if you are watching your weight.
Rice is high in starch and carbs and breaks down easily. So yes, you can digest it easily but that is where the problem lies. Rice is a dish that leads to an instant spike in your blood glucose levels as it breaks down easily and that means, you have an instant burst of energy. Rice is also one of the ingredients that can lead to weight gain as it has more calories in the form of carbs which if not used, stores as fat in your body. (ALSO SEE Cooking tips and tricks for Indian food)
When you eat rice for dinner, this instant spike in energy is created as the food is digested easily but because you are going to be asleep for the next few hours, your body will not get any nutrition for these many hours. This means, when you wake up, there will be hunger pangs as the rice you ate was digested quickly and then your body was in starvation mode in the night.
Because rice is light, people think it is a good option for dinner but eating high-fibre foods is a much better option in the night. In fact, many even skip carbs in the evening for this very reason. Switch to chapatti instead and have only two so that you get the required dose of fibre and nutrition. Whole wheat takes time to break down and digest so there is energy when your body needs it at night without being too much. You can also stick to just eating salad and soup at night and skipping both rice and chapatti altogether as well. But if you feel you cannot do without your complete dose of Indian food, do switch to chapatti instead of rice. If however, you just cannot give up rice, switch to brown rice instead so that it does not break down easily and result in a blood glucose spike in your body.