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Rice with negligible calorie count

A new variety of rice from the UK is surprisingly low on calories - only 7.7 per 100 grams as compared to 350 for white basmati.

world Updated: Feb 19, 2013 00:04 IST

A new variety of rice from the UK is surprisingly low on calories - only 7.7 per 100 grams as compared to 350 for white basmati.

Named Slim Rice, it helps you feel full while barely registering on your waistline. Regular boiled rice contains 64% water, while precooked Slim Rice is made up of 97% water and the Asian root konjac.

Some nutritionists claim that vegetable extract konjac can stabilise blood-sugar levels and prevent over-eating.

The product smells of starch and needs to be rinsed twice under warm water to remove its distinctive odour. Ians

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