5 Surprising Side Effects of Eating Rice Cakes

1. Blood Sugar spike

"Even if you choose rice cakes without added sugar, they are mainly made of carbs without much fiber, which means that if you don't add a source of protein

or fat to slow their digestion, they can cause your blood sugar to quickly rise,"  "Especially if you have a larger portion."

although whole grain brown rice cakes do contain some fiber, refined rice cakes made from white rice lack fiber. Also, if you're opting for these

2. You may become constipated

instead of fiber-rich whole grains, and are not consuming plenty of fruits, vegetables, and beans, you may find yourself with a low fiber diet.

"If you choose whole grain brown rice cakes, you'll be consuming whole grains, which have been proven to lower cholesterol and the risk for heart disease," 

3. You may lower your cholesterol

Research shows that brown rice, specifically, improves bad cholesterol levels and triglycerides while raising the body's beneficial cholesterol. It also is providing a good source of antioxidants.

"One rice cake is 35 calories compared to 120 calories in a typical slice of bread or handful of crackers," they say. "If you make a sandwich on rice cakes every day

4. You may lose weight

instead of on bread, you'll save 170 calories a day. It may not sound like much,but that could result in a one-and-a-half-pound loss over the course of a month & 17 pounds over the course of a year!"

"While rice cakes are often eaten as a 'diet food' and they feel light and airy, they are not calorie-free," "And you may find yourself eating a number of them to feel satisfied

5. You may gain weight

particularly if you're eating them rather than food you truly want, which can cause the calories to add up." In addition rice cakes may provide a quick source of energy.

However,without a source of protein or healthy fat,they will leave you feeling hungry soon afterward. "High GI snacks like rice cakes have been shown to create excessive hunger & increased cravings,

raising the likelihood of overeating and gaining weight," So rather than relying on rice cakes when you're looking for something to eat with peanut butter or a dip

consider opting for a high-fiber seeded cracker instead.

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