Lose Weight: say NO to rice and YES to bulgur

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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. 

Comparison
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.

Availability

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?


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26 Responses to “Lose Weight: say NO to rice and YES to bulgur”

  1. Wendy IreneNo Gravatar Says:

    I think I’ll pick some bulgur up when I do my weekly shop :)

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    Suzy EatsNo Gravatar Reply:

    you won’t regret it :-)

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  2. MicheleNo Gravatar Says:

    I have tried it, and I do like it. I def notice how much fiber it has in it shortly after eating it :) I never thought to sub bulgar for rice.. what a great idea! Thanks suzy :)

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  3. Tonya PeeleNo Gravatar Says:

    Bulgur is one of those grains that you can buy rather inexpensively in bulk from your natural foods store. I have eaten it in tabbouli, but never considered having is as a side dish. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  4. LizNo Gravatar Says:

    Oh, I’m a rice junkie, too. I’ll have to try bulgur…I know I’ll like it…the kiddos will be the hard sell :) Just more for me if they don’t like it, right?

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  5. sarahNo Gravatar Says:

    We have a giant rice addiction around here but I think a a little bulgur is definitely in order!

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  6. cakewhizNo Gravatar Says:

    i am a rice lover too…lol. lately, i have been trying to eat brown rice but i am not patricularly enjoying its flavor. i will pick up a bag of bulgur next time i am in the market…

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    Suzy EatsNo Gravatar Reply:

    yeah i don’t enjoy the flavor in brown rice much either.

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  7. serenaNo Gravatar Says:

    I am all for cutting the carbs mid week, would be great stuffed in vegetables instead on rice

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    Suzy EatsNo Gravatar Reply:

    great idea!!

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  8. AngelaNo Gravatar Says:

    Great to see all of these heatlh benefits of bulgar. I love tabbouli, so it is nice to know how good it is for me:)

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  9. Domestic Goddess WannabeNo Gravatar Says:

    I adore bulgar wheat – I actually prefer it to rice, and tabouleh is a firm favourite since my sister-in-law introduced me!

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    Suzy EatsNo Gravatar Reply:

    It does really taste good so I can see why you prefer it to rice :-)

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  10. Kate@DiethoodNo Gravatar Says:

    Thanks for sharing this bit about bulgur… Bulgur is going on my grocery list! I haven’t had it since I was a kid…time to change that because I also have about 5 to 10 pounds I would like to get rid of before bikini season! :)

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  11. Cooking GalleryNo Gravatar Says:

    Glad to stumble upon your blog! I eat way too much rice because I simply love it, but I think I really have to watch out because my diet is too carb-concentrated. I’ve never tried bulgur, but I will definitely give this a go. Thanks for the info :).

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    Suzy EatsNo Gravatar Reply:

    Thanks for the visit. Let me know how you like it.

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  12. Karen PeekNo Gravatar Says:

    I am now going to try Bulgur. Thank you for sharing the facts and comparisons for it.

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  13. rebeccaNo Gravatar Says:

    i need to try it :-)

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  14. MomNo Gravatar Says:

    a great full of nutrition meal is brown lentils with bulgur (mjaddara) . its very flavorful and good for you.

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  15. valNo Gravatar Says:

    Going to the market today and this will be on my list! Thanks for being so informative. I love that.

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    Suzy EatsNo Gravatar Reply:

    thanks!

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  16. thomaNo Gravatar Says:

    hi

    i’m sorry for the delay in accepting on foodbuzz. i’ve seen bulghur recipes but have never given it a try. you’ve a fantastic space here.

    here’s to wishing you glorious pound loss!

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  17. ClaudieNo Gravatar Says:

    Hmm, I’m really starting to consider bulgur. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried it before, but not quite sure.
    I usually use quinoa to substitute rice, but I guess trying out some new substitutes won’t hurt ;)

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  18. DeniseNo Gravatar Says:

    I eat bulgur instead of white rice. I eat only 5 tablespoons full, but I feel full longer. The taste is great and I’m losing weight.

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  19. lorrNo Gravatar Says:

    as a child i used to get bulgur for lunch at school and i enjoyed it as porridge or rice. its great to have it on the shelves it is the only rice i now eat. Thanks to Bulgar its very tasty and filling

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  20. EmanNo Gravatar Says:

    I have tried bulgru today. it is delicious. the best part is my kids loved it to , I think bulgru will replace rice.

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