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Look, it happens to all of us. You forget your phone is in your back pocket, and when you go to the loo you hear that awful clink-sound of your precious mobile dropping into water.

Devastating.

Most of us will try to save our beloved phones by throwing them in the hot press or leaving them in a bag of rice for a few hours. But, let's be honest, these tricks can be totally hit and miss when it comes to saving the phone's life.

However, Gazelle ran a few tests and found out that this hack is way more efficient.

*Drumroll please* The website says that kitty litter (we're not joking) is way better at drying out a drenched phone than anything else.

They also recommend to leave the phone in the cat litter for three days to get most out if it. Now, to the pet shop… We guess…

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We love rice! After all, it's cheap, it's delicious and it goes with LOADS of different dips, sauces and dishes.

However, in particular with the white variety, sadly a lot of rice isn't really healthy. That's because even a modest serving has around 200 calories in it, and most of those calories come in the form of starch.

In our bodies, starch converts to sugar, and excess sugar converts to… yup, you guessed it, FAT! 

Still, one undergraduate student at the College Of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka has now come up with simple way to reduce the number of calories in rice by up to 50 percent – AND the technique actually adds in further health benefits too.

So what does it involve? 

"What we did is cook the rice as you normally do, but when the water is boiling, before adding the raw rice, we added coconut oil – about 3 percent of the weight of the rice you're going to cook," said Sudhair James, who presented his research at the National Meeting & Exposition Of The American Chemical Society earlier this week.

"After it was ready, we let it cool in the refrigerator for about 12 hours. That's it."

So how does it work? Well, not all starches are created equal, with digestible starches generally being worse for you than resistant starches. The latter take longer for your body to process and therefore aren't converted into glucose or glycogen in the same way as their digestible counterparts.

This, in short, means fewer calories. Hurrah!

And it is possible to change the makeup of a starch – which is what the coconut oil does to rice during the cooking process. 

"The oil interacts with the starch in rice and changes its architecture," said Mr James. "Chilling the rice then helps foster the conversion of starches. The result is a healthier serving, even when you heat it back up."

The calorie reduction in the dishes he looked at ranged from 10 percent to 50 percent.

And people should be able to replicate the process at home, although Mr James warns the results might vary depending on the type of rice used. 

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Sometimes we just can't let go of our favourite food (no matter how unhealthy it is). But if you want to mix up your meals a bit, these healthy swaps are an easy substitute to get your diet right on track.

Just try these five delicious dishes for a new superfood spin:

Swap rice for cauliflower

Yes, we might have hated cauliflower as kids, but it really isn't that bad. By just adding a little lime, coriander, salt and pepper, you are turning this vegetable into a gorgeous substitute for rice.

Whether you don't have a spare half hour to make the grain or you're just craving a lighter alternative, cauliflower is the way to go. 

 

Swap pasta for courgette

Pasta is something we could eat everyday for the rest of our lives, but it can still sit a little heavy. 

Every so often a tasty vegetable substitute is a great alternative – and a courgette is that vegetable. Tear off strips with a potato peeler or buy yourself a cool spiral slicer to make trendy courgetti. 

 

Swap white potato for sweet potato

Some people assume sweet potato is the boring cousin of our beloved spud, but with a little chopping, some oil and some baking, the sweet potato turns into a delicious bowl of crispiness. 

It's also sweeter and more nutritious than your average chips. 

 

Swap mayonnaise for Greek yoghurt

Mayo is something we all love to have in our sandwiches, even if we don't know it's there. 

Sometimes it can get a little boring so if you want a change-up opt for some Greek yoghurt. We know it might sound odd, but trust us, by just adding some herbs, lemon juice and a bit of seasoning, you might never go back to mayo. 

 

Swap croutons for nuts

We're forever being reminded of the health benefits of nuts but unless they're wrapped in Cadbury's chocolate and presented to us in bar form, we rarely eat enough of them. 

One way around this is chopping them up and putting them into your salad. It's much healthier and way tastier than oily, starchy croutons. 

 

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