Ideally you would soak your rice overnight each time before cooking it. Let’s be honest though, most of us don’t even know what we are cooking for dinner until that morning or a few hours before.
As soon as you know you are cooking rice for dinner, measure the amount you want to make (I cook 3 cups of rice for my family of 6), pour into a mixing bowl, fill with filtered water and let soak. Usually my rice soaks 3-4 hours, but sometimes all I get in is 30 minutes. Any amount is helpful and you’ll even taste the difference.
Rice has many health benefits: b vitamins, Folate (folic acid – which helps your body form new cells), iron and magnesium to name a few. It’s a great source of fiber. In addition, it’s gluten free, low in calories and contains no trans fat or cholesterol.
The kicker though is soaking it first and here is why:
- Rice has tricky hard to digest proteins and soaking it makes them easier to digest
- Soaking it neutralizes the phytic acid, which is a small molecule found in rice. Phytic acid prevents the absorption of the healthy nutrients so you want to neutralize this for maximum absorption of the good stuff!
- All rice has a certain amount of arsenic in it and to some extent it can be washed off. Note: try to buy organic rice grown in California, India or Pakistan
One last note: brown rice is healthier than white rice. Brown rice has all three parts of the grain kernel, whereas in white rice, two of the three parts have been removed.