Agree on the rice, partly because I don't like it much. To be honest I haven't eaten any in however many months so I have no idea if it would cause cravings or not! Pasta seems gross now too. Why bother? I'd much rather have squash or pumpkin or sweet potatoes. Or potatoes. Well, Jaminet ran in to trouble with very low carb so that's their bias, I guess.
And yes, Mercola seems to be a bit of a loon.