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What is the balanced chemical equation for the chemical reaction of cooking rice (including the formula for starch etc.)?

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    $\begingroup$ There really isn't a chemical formula for cooking rice. $\endgroup$ – MaxW Mar 3 '16 at 2:26
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Essentially when rice is cooked all you are doing is adding water to it and heating it. No true chemical reaction occurs. A way you could think of this addition of water in an equation is: $$\ce{(C6H12O6)2 ->[\Delta][water] (C6H12O6)2.xH2O}$$ Not the most accurate representation as water was not added to a crystal system but I hope this helps you understand that no real reaction is occuring.

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  • $\begingroup$ There might not be a simple equation but there is more to it than simple hydration. Surely there is some breakdown of the starchy component (starch being a long polymer of sugars)? $\endgroup$ – matt_black Mar 3 '16 at 17:09

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