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Why does rice make you sleepy and how to handle it?

Why does rice make you sleepy and how to handle it?

If we look at the statistics, rice is a staple food for more than 3.5 billion people around the world. This mediocre food often makes us feel lethargic and sleepy, and if you have a busy day at work, eating rice for lunch is definitely a bad idea. But the question is, why does it happen, and is there some way to manage it?

Nutritionist Pooja Makhija recently highlighted this problem in an Instagram post, where she outlined the science behind it and also suggested some smart ways to handle it. "Avoid midday depression with these essential tips. Understanding the theory always helps in the long-term application of stimulating 'lifestyle' habits, hence my explanatory video of the theory," he captioned the video.


What is really happening?

Rice is rich in carbohydrates, and according to Pooja, every time you eat carbohydrates, they are converted to glucose and glucose needs insulin. "Once insulin flow increases, it stimulates the brain to enter the essential fatty acid tryptophan, which leads to an increase in melatonin and serotonin, the calming hormones that cause drowsiness," she adds.

What Actually Happens ?

Is it a normal phenomenon?

Yes, according to experts, feeling sleepy after eating rice is normal. Pooja says: "It is a normal nervous response, so the body calms down and concentrates on the digestive process."

How do you control it?

Make sure your portion of food is not too large. Experts believe that portion control is the easiest way to avoid daytime sleepiness. Pooja says, "The bigger the meal, the greater the effort, and this will cause fatigue and drowsiness." She advises: "Your midday meal should contain 50% vegetables, 25% protein, and 25% carbohydrates."


 Also, while she practices portion control, she can eat two pieces of roti and half a bowl of rice. Some experts also suggest switching to brown rice instead of white because it releases energy slowly and doesn't make you feel too sleepy. Here are some rice recipes that you can try at home.

Vegetable fried rice recipe-


Cooked rice, ½ cup

Oil, 2 tablespoons

French beans, ½ cup

Carrots, half a cup

Peas, ½ cup

onion, 1 no.

Corn, ½ cup

Garlic 3-5 cloves

Green Chilli, 1 no

Mixed Bell Pepper, 1 cup

Salt to taste

Black Pepper, 1 tsp

Soy Sauce, 1 tbsp

Vinegar, 2 tbsp

Dry Mixed Herbs, 1 tbsp

Method -. Take a wok; add oil, green chili, and garlic. Allow it to splutter. Now add onion, beans, capsicum, carrot, and corn. Cook them till they are 70 percent cooked. Now add salt, soy sauce, black pepper, mixed herbs, and vinegar. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes. Now add cooked rice and mix well and cook for another minute. Serve hot

vegetable fried rice

Tehri Recipe-


Ghee, 2 tbsp

Cumin Seeds, 2 tsp

Clove, 1-2 nos.

Cardamom, 2-3 nos.

Onion, medium, 2 nos.

Garlic, 4-6 cloves

Carrot, cubed, 1 no.Tahri recipe

Tomato, 1 no.

Green Chilli, 2 nos.

Green Peas, parboiled, 1/4 cup

Rice, soaked, 1/2 cup

Turmeric Powder, 1 tbsp

Red Chilli Powder, 1 tsp

Coriander Powder, 1 tsp

Cumin Powder, 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Coriander Leaves, 2 tsp


1. Heat a pressure cooker; add ghee, cumin seeds, green chili, cloves, cardamom, and garlic. Allow them to cook for 30 seconds. Now, add onion and tomato and cook for 2-5 minutes. Add carrot and parboiled green peas and mix well. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, and salt to taste. Mix all the ingredients well. Now add soaked rice and gently mix. Add enough water and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with raita. 

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