Sunday, July 20, 2008

Rice Water

Although this is mainly for Ryan, I felt we could all benefit from it. I have researched the benefits of rice water for hydration and read/heard very positive things. Cera Sport makes a product using rice, or you can make your own by adding an extra cup of water while cooking rice. Save the water, and you have made a solution with ideal ratios of sodium, water, carbohydrates, and protein for hydration. Here is a summary of "Lessons Learned from the Literature" regarding what the best hydrating liquids should include:

  • Osmolarity in the range of 200 to 300 mosm/L
  • Sodium of 60–90 mEq/L
  • Potassium of ~20 mEq/L
  • Rice starch polymers preferred glucose source
    • Maximizes absorptive capacity without an osmotic load
  • Carbohydrate:Sodium ratio of 1:1
Let me know if you get a chance to try it.


Christine said...

I just tried making my own. I think it must be an acquired taste.

RM said...


Alyssa said...

Okay so I tried the rice water and I'm not going to lie, I had my doubts, but I liked it. I actually made 2 batches. The first I just drank straight and it was good when it was iced down and really cold. Then I got a little creative for the second and tried to flavor it with lemonade (not so good) and THEN I had the brilliant idea to put it in a smoothie. Rice water, low fat vanilla ice cream, and strawberry yogurt is a baller combo.

Yes, I had too much time on my hands tonight...

Alex said...

I have several packets of Cera Sport at my place. They sponsor the cycling team I ride for so we all got a bunch of samples. The flavor doesn't agree with me so let me know if you would like them.