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    I've noticed on other threads that some people regularly include white rice in their Primal diet. Isn't this a "bad" carb? Why would white rice be a better choice than whole grain rice?

    I really try to avoid rice in any form due to my perception that it is a "bad" carb, along the lines of pasta.

    Thoughts appreciated.

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    Mark did a post on rice a while ago: Is Rice Unhealthy? | Mark's Daily Apple
    Basically, white rice is lower in minerals, but it also doesn't have the phytates that would bind those minerals. It's pretty much pure starch whereas brown rice is starch + anti-nutrients.

    Also, it is gluten-free whereas pasta made from wheat of course is not.

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    There are no bad carbs.

    Carbohydrate is carbohydrate. What matters is the package that it comes in. In the case of white rice, it's mostly starch. Brown rice has the bran attached, which has the bad stuff that blocks nutrient absorption and tears up the gut. Same with wheat but worse.
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    I eat white rice - mainly because I'm a sushi fiend, but also because my body does better with a higher carb count (100 - 150/day). I try to focus on veggie carbs as my main sources to keep my carb count in that range, but I do eat white rice maybe once/week.

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    What about table sugar? Is that a bad carb?

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    What forms/brands of white rice are "acceptable"? I've gone to the store and there always different versions (long grain, enriched, etc.)??? Any recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnbu1981 View Post
    What about table sugar? Is that a bad carb?
    yes refined sugars are bad. use stevia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JVAMan View Post
    What forms/brands of white rice are "acceptable"? I've gone to the store and there always different versions (long grain, enriched, etc.)??? Any recommendations?
    id stay away from enriched anything, i use organic basmati rice(long grain). but i eat a lot of sushi as well and thats glutinous(short-grain) as long as its white rice doesnt really matter too much.
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    I'm still confused...so basmati rice = white rice? So really what you're looking for is not necessarily something called "white", butwhite in appearance (with the outer layers removed) and the least amount of extra crap in the ingredients?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chochobo View Post
    yes refined sugars are bad. use stevia.
    Ahh so there is such a thing as a bad carb.. Gotcha

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