Have you been obsessed with the hit drama “Flowers” in the past two days? The ups and downs of the plot, the impressive Shanghainese dialect… In addition to these, the food in the drama also attracted everyone’s attention, such as Hu Ge’s “Mr. Bao’s Rice” with the same style!
So if you eat pao rice for a long time, is it really good for your stomach? The answer may surprise you!
Due to the addition of soup or water, soaked rice will make the rice softer and easier to digest. Generally speaking, soaked rice is easier to digest and puts less burden on the stomach, so it is often mistaken as a way to nourish the stomach.
However, what many people don’t know is that eating soaked rice alone for a long time may cause some stomach problems.
“Easy to digest” ≠ “Good for the stomach”
The stomach is an important organ in our digestive system. Its specific functions include storing food, digesting food, secreting gastric acid and digestive enzymes, etc.
◎Storing food: When the human body ingests food, the stomach will temporarily store the food in the stomach through movements such as relaxation and contraction, and grind and stir it to make it easier to digest.
◎Digest food: The stomach chemically and mechanically digests food by secreting gastric acid and digestive enzymes, breaking it down into smaller molecules such as amino acids, simple sugars, and fatty acids.
◎Secretory function: The stomach can secrete a variety of substances, such as gastric acid, digestive enzymes, intrinsic factor and gastrin, etc. These substances are involved in digestion and regulating gastric movement and other functions.
◎Defense function: The gastric mucosal barrier, gastric acid and other immune cells can prevent the invasion of pathogenic microorganisms and foreign bodies and protect the stomach from damage.
◎Absorption function: After digestion by gastric acid and digestive enzymes, small molecules such as amino acids, simple sugars and fatty acids in food will be absorbed into the blood for use by the body.
The stomach is a “use it or lose it” organ. When the stomach is in a special period of discomfort, eating soft, easy-to-digest food, such as white porridge, noodles, etc. is indeed a “rigid necessity”. However, if the special period has passed, comprehensive nutrition should be gradually supplemented to enhance the defense ability of the gastric mucosa and the body’s immunity. Eating soft, semi-liquid, and liquid food for a long time will weaken the stomach’s ability to digest and process food.
Our stomach dynamically adjusts the function of the gastrointestinal tract based on the amount of food eaten and the degree of food digestion. If you eat too soft and rotten food for a long time, the digestive function of the stomach may gradually weaken. Conversely, if harder or higher-fiber foods are eaten regularly, the digestive function of the stomach may be exercised and improved.
Specifically, when food enters the stomach through the esophagus, gastric peristalsis will slowly push the food to the lower part of the stomach. The stomach will secrete gastric acid and digestive enzymes to help digest the food, and then gradually push the food into the small intestine to complete the digestion process. This process requires peristalsis and churning of the stomach muscles to thoroughly mix the food with stomach acid and digestive enzymes. If the stomach is regularly allowed to do this work, the muscles and digestive functions of the stomach will be exercised and enhanced.
However, if you eat food that is too soft or easy to digest for a long time, the stomach will not need strong peristalsis and stirring, and the muscles and digestive functions of the stomach may gradually deteriorate. This will lead to a decrease in the stomach’s ability to digest slightly hard or high-fiber foods, and may even cause stomach problems such as indigestion.
Be wary of these 5 stomach-breaking behaviors
In addition to long-term consumption of soft and rotten food, the following bad habits that are often ignored by us may also cause stomach diseases:
1. Eating too salty: High salt will reduce gastric acid secretion and reduce the defense ability of the gastric mucosa. Once the mucus barrier on the gastric mucosal surface is damaged, Helicobacter pylori infection is more likely to occur, increasing the risk of atrophic gastritis.
2. Overeating: Overeating will cause the stomach to expand rapidly in a short period of time, increasing the burden on the stomach, which may lead to damage to the gastric mucosa and gastric dysfunction, resulting in gastric bloating, slowed gastric motility, delayed gastric emptying, etc. problems, aggravating the risk of gastroesophageal reflux.
3. Excessive drinking and smoking: Alcohol and tobacco contain harmful substances that can stimulate gastric gland cells and cause excessive gastric acid secretion. Heavy drinking can stimulate gastric acid secretion, leading to hyperacidity, which can cause damage to the gastric mucosa. Especially drinking alcohol on an empty stomach can cause more serious damage to the stomach.
Smoking affects the protective ability of the gastric mucosa and makes it susceptible to damage. Long-term drinking and severe smoking can also cause gastric diseases such as gastric ulcers and gastric cancer.
4. Long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: Excessive or long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, etc., may damage the gastric mucosa and cause gastric ulcers.
5. Failure to pay attention to food hygiene: Pathogenic bacteria and parasites in food can easily lead to gastrointestinal infections, or the food processing environment is not clean enough, which may cause gastroenteritis and other diseases.
In addition, not paying attention to serving chopsticks and spoons and sharing meals when eating will increase the probability of Helicobacter pylori infection. Long-term Helicobacter pylori infection can lead to chronic gastritis, cell mutation and proliferation, which in the long run will increase the risk of gastric cancer.
Soak overnight meal in boiling water
In addition to being convenient, it may also hurt your stomach
In short, making rice in hot water originated from the living habits of Shanghai people in the past. At that time, most people’s homes did not have gas, and it was troublesome to light a briquette stove to cook rice early in the morning. Therefore, it seems very convenient to boil the overnight meal in boiling water and take a few bites. When eating soaked rice like Mr. Bao, you need six kinds of side dishes (fermented bean curd, various pickles), which is very particular. But it can be summed up in one word: salty, with very limited nutritional value.
Therefore, for the sake of good health, it is also recommended that everyone should maintain a nutritional balance and consume appropriate amounts of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to ensure a diverse food intake.
Finally, I would like to emphasize again that although “Baozong Soup Rice” is soft and delicious, if you eat it alone for a long time or consume too much soup, it may have adverse effects on the stomach and may also lead to malnutrition. To maintain good health, you should eat as balanced a diet as possible.
At the same time, avoid bad eating habits and lifestyle. If symptoms of stomach discomfort occur, seek medical treatment promptly and follow the doctor’s recommendations for treatment and conditioning.