Cooled cake with coconut oil contains less calories

Researchers find a special method for preparing cake to reduce calorie content!


The line above is my wishful thinking headline. Substitute rice for cake and we have a genuine story published on the BBC health website.

cooked rice

Did anyone else read this fascinating article? The health editor at the BBC reports that rice boiled with 1tsp of coconut oil then cooled for 12 hours can contain up to 60% fewer calories.

The theory is that treating rice this way changes the starch to a more resistant form less easily absorbed by the body.

bowl of uncooked rice

This research originates from an undergraduate student, Sudhair James, at the College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka. The findings are from his preliminary research and were recently presented at National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Here is a link to the video of his presentation to the ACS. Essentially his  research is still in the early stages. Results so far have only produced a 10 to 12% reduction in calories with certain types of rice tested. This data has been extrapolated to other varieties and it is expected to reduce calories by the 60% quoted by the BBC but this has not yet been tested.

So a slightly less dramatic finding than the BBC would have us believe but interesting nonetheless. rice field

I don’t have access to the actual research methodology but it sounds as if he hasn’t yet reached the stage of testing how the specially prepared rice actually impacts on the human glycaemic response.

I await results of future research with interest.

Am I going to alter how I cook rice now. No.

I do aspire to be one the super-organised meal planning Mummies. Instead every week I buy a selection of vegetables, various forms of protein and hope for the best on daily basis. This results in occasional culinary triumphs and the odd meal that my mum would kindly refer to as a ‘hotch-potch’. Mr R may refer to it in less publishable terms.

So cooking my rice 12 hours in advance feels like a bit too much hassle especially when the actual benefits are still somewhat unclear. Throw in the added risks of food poisoning, associated with reheated rice, and I’d rather just cook a little less rice.

However if I could cook and cool that slab of cake and consume 10% fewer calories….

chocolate cake

30 second summary: Some potentially exciting preliminary research  this week suggests cooking rice with coconut oil then cooling it may reduce calorie content. Research is still in the early stages so I will not be altering my cooking method just yet.

Has anyone else read this story or found it interesting? Do let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

4 thoughts on “Cooled cake with coconut oil contains less calories

    • tenminutesspare April 1, 2015 / 7:49 am

      Yes I think it’s one of those things that if it really did halve the calorie content it might be worth doing but for a questionable 10-15% reduction in calories it’s just too much effort! X


  1. Katy (What Katy Said) March 31, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    Love this, made me smile. LOVE the look of that cake!!!


  2. tenminutesspare April 1, 2015 / 7:53 am

    Glad you enjoyed it 😊. The cake’s not one of mine sadly. I pinched it from morguefiles just because it looked amazing – I do like the picture selection there. X


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