Rice starch is an inexpensive and natural ingredient that is used in the food processing industry to make clean label food products. Rice, being one of the major food staples is one of the most abundant crops that are produced worldwide. Rice starch like other natural and modified food starch is a source of carbohydrates and other essential nutrients. The world rice production had reached 748 million tonnes in 2016. Rice comes in large variety all over the world. It could range from aromatic varieties of rice like Basmati and Jasmin to the non-fragrant Japonica and Indica rice. All these varieties are a source to a wide range of rice dishes.
Rice has been a part of people’s diet for a very long time now, and it is one of the top market products that make it high on consumer’s list of familiarity and naturalness in food ingredients.
Rice starch is extremely popular among consumers all over the world and unlike other food starches in the food industry; rice starch is a bit unique with respect to its granule size and molecular structure. Rice starch granules are the smallest in size among all commercially available food starches. Their shape is angular and polygonal with a smooth surface.
Use of Rice Starch
Like corn starch, tapioca starch, sugar replacement and modified corn starch, rice starch has its benefits and uses. Listed below are the best uses of rice starch.
- Added Rice Starch Formula
Rice starch is used in infant formula because babies digest rice well. Those infants who suffer from regurgitation are fed rice based milk formula to keep the food down and to help them feel fuller. Rice starch formula helps to increase the thickness of the baby formula and help in digestion. Rice based formula is said to be very vital for normal growth and is safe for feeding normal infant over four months of age. The rice formula is very effective in providing a clinically relevant reduction is regurgitation (spit-up) frequency in infants. Through rice based formula babies get to keep the nutrients their bodies need for growth and development. The added rice formula ensures that infants are growing and developing just like babies who can tolerate traditional and organic formula. The rice formula works better than rice cereal because rice is built into the formula and there is not mixing. Rice based formula contains healthy levels of important nutrients that, according to pediatricians, help in the development of babies’ eyes and brains.
- Rice Water for Skin and Hair
Rice water contains 75% to 80% starch. Rice water is the starchy water that is left behind after you soak or cook rice. Rice water is said to contain my vitamins and minerals that are initially present in rice like amino acids, vitamin B and E, minerals, and antioxidants. To make rice water, you can take two to three teaspoons of whatever white rice you have and put it in a saucepan. Then add two cups of water. Let the rice boil for about twenty to thirty minutes until the water turns murky white. Strain the rice, save the water, and then let the rice water cool. This water helps you treat acne and helps tame and condition your hair. For skin, rice water can be an effective beauty balm for cleansing, toning and lightening of skin tone. For hair, it detangles them, make them smoother, increase shine, make them stronger and help them grow long.
- Ready-to-eat Meals and Soups
Fried and boiled rice is eaten all over the world in extreme abundance. Rice is popular among consumers, and is one of the most natural food products high on the consumer list. Rice starch is also used as a thickening agent in soups. Ground rice is often added to soups, and like corn starch, it help to thicken them into a pasty liquid.