Lose Weight: say NO to rice and YES to bulgurHealthy Living
So…I am still trying to lose those last 5 pounds and am definitely having trouble. One of my biggest downfalls is RICE!!!! I have yet to believe that your health is not affected when you eat “no” carbs. As I was making my tabbouli the other day…it hit me …. Bulgur is an excellent substitute for rice.
I grew up eating tabbouli at least once a week. It was definitely a staple in our family diet, but I never took the time to really understand the health benefits of the dish. So this week….I decided to dissect it and specifically look at bulgur since it is one of the main ingredients in tabbouli.
Bulgur is also known as bulghur or bulghurl. Bulgur is made from precooked wheat berries and is a natural whole grain food. There are no chemicals or additives used when processing bulgur. It can be cooked very quickly and is an excellent substitute for rice because it has more fiber, iron, vitamin Bs (i.e. folate), and protein; it is also low in fat AND calories. In addition, bulgur is a low glycemic food which is important because it prevents large fluctuations in blood sugar. It is great for people who are diabetic, prediabetic or who are trying to lose weight.
Compared to brown rice: bulgur has fewer calories, less fat and double the amount of fiber.
Compared to white rice….well there is no comparison
Compared to oats, buckwheat or corn: contains more fiber
Bulgur is a suggested daily food item on the Mediterreanan Food Pyramid, and it has been used in the Mediterranean diet for thousands of years. It is an inexpensive low-fat, low-calorie protein that is high in fiber and helps promote a healthy digestive tract.
Bulgur is available in three forms: course grinds, medium grinds and fine grinds. Coarse bulgur is best used in stuffing or pilaf; medium is used in cereals and fine grinds are used in TABBOULI
Have you tried bulgur before??? What do you think?