Raw rice (uncooked rice), is very crunchy and tasteless, which becomes a good snack. Eating raw rice now and then is a normal habit for many. But researchers claim that eating raw rice is not good for health. There are many types of food or grains which can be eaten without cooking, but rice is not among them!
The side effects are explained below.
Naturally, rice has a coating on top of it called “Cellulose”, which protects the grains from getting damaged. Human digestive system does not have the capacity to breakdown the cellulose and digest it. Hence, our body does not get the benefits from rice and also finds it very difficult to digest the raw rice.
This issue leads to stomach aches and problems in the intestines.
Pica is a condition where a person has a compulsion to eat non-nutritive thing or substance like sand, paper, wall paint, salt, rice or chalks. Deficiency in certain minerals and vitamins might lead to Pica condition. Iron and Zinc deficiency can play a major role in this condition.
Pica might also arise when someone is addicted to eating something nutrition-less because of the texture of the substance.
Bacillus cereus (bacteria)
Uncooked food usually contains a bacteria called Bacillus cereus. There are many strains of this particular bacteria which can do good and bad for your body. When you cook food and consume, this type of bacteria gets destroyed and it does not affect the internal system. When this bacteria enters our body, it becomes toxic and causes nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.
Lectin is a type of protein present in grains and some vegetables. This protein consumption can lead to nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and digestive disorders. Lectin becomes inactive or eliminated when the food is cooked in high temperature. When there is too much lectin in your body, there are chances of diabetes and cancer.
When you or someone eat way too much raw rice, you need consult a doctor and take necessary supplements to correct the deficiency. You can replace raw rice to something like calcium tablets which is also tasteless.
Though eating raw food for health is becoming a trend now a days, make sure you don’t spoil your health by eating something bad. Choose the right food and cook accordingly.