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    I've read several times in the forum where a person recommends white rice being added to a meal for extra calories. I can't seem to find a reference in Mark's book -- can someone tell me why this would be recommended...and why white rice is recommended over brown?
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    Current Weight: 123
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  • #2
    I can't see that rice could be recommended at all, but white rice would not have the phytates that occur in brown rice. Phytate binds with minerals and prevents them from being absorbed, and it occurs in grains/seeds. I suppose if you really, really, really needed more calories, you could resort to that, but I would choose a peeled, cooked potato (or, better yet, a sweet potato!) over rice, personally.

    And, really, if you need more calories, reach for fat. Lately, I've been going through a jar of duck fat that rendered off the pastured duck I cooked for Christmas. It's delicious. I also add cream to things, since I'm not sensitive to dairy.

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    • #3
      Hmm, I'm pretty sure that although mark has said that rice isn't as bad as what etc. because of the high carb count most people wouldn't want to make it a staple. And if you are going to eat rice, then unpolished brown our wild rice varieties are preferred as they are less processed and retain more of their natural nutrients.

      Also, they have more flavor than white rice :-)
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      • #4
        Here are Mark's recent thoughts. I eat some white rice. just one of the things I'm not giving up. My thoughts.
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        • #5
          I still enjoy white rice with my sushi. I eat it also with my thai curries as a sauce absorber. mmm. green curry. However I don't get any crazy blood glucose response from it, and some people do. I'm not sure what my fasting bg is, but when I took the gestational diabetes test i passed with flying colors after a 16 hr fast (they took FOREVER to see me down there at labcorp). However the taste of that glucose drink made me want to puke it was so damn sweet and thick.
          Last edited by earthspirit; 01-15-2011, 02:02 PM.

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          • #6
            I grew up in the Phillippines and everyone there ate rice as a staple, and so does all my family, grandparents etc. I do much better with rice than breads/pastas for some reason. I guess because my ancestors ate it I do better with it personally. But now I probably only have a tablespoon of rice every week or so. Its not like before when I used to eat a full plate of rice with dinner.
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            People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Balance View Post
              I do much better with rice than breads/pastas for some reason.
              May also be because its gluten free. Most breads and many pastas are wheat/gluten based.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by FairyRae View Post
                May also be because its gluten free. Most breads and many pastas are wheat/gluten based.
                Yes naturally because its gluten free. But what I should have specified is with a spike blood glucose response in particular.
                "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

                People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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                • #9
                  Robb Wolf and the Perfect Health Diet have suggested white rice as an ok addition into the diet, if your goals are not weight loss, or if you are not diabetic/pre-diabetic. It is a relatively safe non-toxic carb source.

                  Though probably still best used in moderation, the only times I eat it really is the occasional sushi outing.

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                  • #10
                    It's talked about in the Perfect Health Diet as well which is another really good paleo/primal book.



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                    • #11
                      I did no-other-grains-but-rice for years. Quit it when I went Primal last May. Feel much better without it. Clean it out for a month, then have a little. See how you feel. Empty carbs, in my opinion.

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                      • #12
                        Two little tricks rice is good for. 1. Put a 1/4 tsp in your salt shaker. It will keep the salt from sticking. 2. If you accidentally drop an electronic device like a cell phone into water, remove the battery, towel dry, and pack in a paper bag full of rice. The rice will suck the moisture out of the device. Not a 100% reliable solution, but worth trying.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Melantha View Post
                          I can't see that rice could be recommended at all, but white rice would not have the phytates that occur in brown rice. Phytate binds with minerals and prevents them from being absorbed, and it occurs in grains/seeds.
                          I'm actually not considering eating rice myself but adding it as an option for others I feed and who miss the brown rice I used to cook. I've read that soaking brown rice reduces or removes the phytates (?) So I'm now wondering which would be the better option -- white rice or soaking the brown rice 24 hrs b/f cooking.
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                          • #14
                            Forgot to say: I appreciate all the feed back you gave me. I love being able to get responses from people who are truly living primal.
                            Starting Weight: 197.5
                            Current Weight: 123
                            Far healthier!

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                            • #15
                              Rice does not have the phytates and other anti-nutrients when it is white, so that is the best choice if you want something easy. If you want brown rice, this method is very effective at eliminating the nutrients, while simply soaking is not as effective as for other grains.

                              http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.co...rown-rice.html

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