Effects of Eating Raw Rice

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Whether you’re a proponent of the raw diet or you simply love the crunchy feel of it in your mouth, eating raw rice can be detrimental to your health.

At first, it may seem as though that there is nothing wrong with this habit of yours. Raw rice, after all, comes from nature, so it should be devoid of health-damaging chemicals that are commonly found in so many of today’s processed food products and fast food meals.

While this is an absolute truth, the fact remains that eating uncooked rice is not at all healthy as you would like to think it is.

Some grains may be eaten raw without causing alarm. However, there are also those that are simply not suited for consumption uncooked, and rice is one of them.

Together with other types of grains that are unsuited for you to eat raw, according to the experts, consuming rice without cooking it first can actually cause a variety of problems.


Poor Digestion

Rice, just like many other grains and vegetables, is coated by a protective substance called cellulose. Cellulose has the ability to shield the rice grains from anything that can damage them.

Unfortunately, your digestive tract is not equipped with the means to digest cellulose. With the cellulose intact, your body is unable to enjoy the nutritive content of rice. Looking for a way to breakdown this protective substance called rice? Cook rice before consuming it.


Ingestion of Bacteria

Food is cooked not only to make it easier to digest and cause its various nutrients trouble-free for the body to absorb, but also to kill microbes.

One type of bacterium found in a lot of uncooked foods that you should be particularly wary of is bacillus cereus.

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