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Should I eat Brown Rice daily?

by (0) Updated March 18, 2014 at 9:35 PM Created March 15, 2014 at 11:25 PM

I know you cant eat any grains on the paleo diet including brown rice, but brown makes up the majority of my dinner (cuz im half asian and it's stereo typical for asian parents to cook rive every single ████in day) and if I don't eat it I just feel hungry throughout the night with an empty stomach. I did some research on brown rice and found that it contains no refined carbs so it wont slow down my metabolism, so is eating brown rice on a paleo diet ok?

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91 · March 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Can't say that there is really anything wrong with brown rice. Its very starchy so it should help provide you with carbs for the day and it also is pretty rich in minerals and B-Vitamins. A lot of people in the paleo community avoid it because it has phytates but I wouldn't be too concerned about them unless you have some serious mineral deficiency. Even if you do, you can soak the brown rice overnight to try to remove some of the phytates.

-2 · March 18, 2014 at 8:21 PM

only you can answer this for yourself. the comments are going to be different peoples' opinions; nothing is right or wrong.

in my opinion, if one chooses to eat rice, there are pros and cons to each. it might be true that rice isn't good for us, so the more refining we do the better. i concept i follow is to stick with whole-everything, which would be brown rice, ww pasta, etc. and i base this off the weston price picture that shows the rats fed white flour vs ww flour. the rat fed whole looks very healthy and had a good demeanor, the one fed white flour looked unhealthy and tried to bite the people conducting the experiements. go all the way down to bottom, picture will freak you out

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0 · March 18, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Please, please, i beg the masses. If you intend on handing out advice on nutrition and health, please at least have a basic understanding of terms and function. Refined or unrefined has nothing to do with complex or simple. White rice is still a complex carb. So is white flour. Do some research, learn your terms.

That being said, id choose white rice over brown. Brown has more nutrients, but many of them have low bioavailability. It also contains more anti nutirents as well as potentially having higher levels of aresenic, which is common in rice. So your net nutrient balance will actually be higher with white rice.

If you exercise regularly, which you should, and you eat in a caloric balance, or deficit, then i would not be concerned with adding starches, especially white rice, to your daily intake. Do yourself a favor, purchase a physiology book , and learn how the body works on a cellular level. When you understand this you will have a much better idea of how food works. Once you know how food works, you can then choose the best foods to meet those needs.

0 · March 18, 2014 at 1:45 AM

i eat pho 3-4 times a week, and that has white rice in whatever form it may come. im not asian, but i do get good energy from the rice, which i limit as my only starchy carb. I am active, i run, work out, etc so my body will burn this up easily. You are doing well by recognizing that is not a refined carb, but a complex carb. stay active and you shouldnt have a problem with it if your looking to maintain or lose weight. stay away from refined at all costs! its amazing to me how i can eat my entire paleo lunch and not feel completely full but im not super hungry. Compared to the last time i ate a donut, i felt extremely full and bloated. Those refined carbs are what make you feel full, tired, and ready for nap time. keep it complex and stay active.

Good lucK!

962 · March 17, 2014 at 1:01 AM

How about a little variety? Rice one day, beans the next, potatoes, squash, roasted root vegetables, sweet potatoes, yams, you can even skip the rice next time in the rotation and go buckwheat or cornmeal. I am the first to say that you need the energy boost, but rice is pretty empty of nutrients compared to, say, squash.

123 · March 16, 2014 at 8:44 PM

I agree with @PaleoGod

Though it isn't considered Paleo, I believe the point to any diet is simply eating healthy and doing what works for you- not just because it is something our ancestors did or did not eat, per se. I like to think of Paleo as a very awesome little guideline. If you don't feel bothered by brown rice, I think it offers quite a few benefits. Consider small portions and not necessarily making it your main dish. Also, working out or being active after you eat them would be a good idea too.

1142 · March 16, 2014 at 7:21 PM

It is much better than most foods people eat. I used to have a small bit 3 times a day when I was just as healthy and felt as good. I am certanily not against brown rice. It is though not perhaps quite as natural as other foods I eat like meat, eggs, fish, veg and I don't have it at the moment.

If it were brown rice or sweets, junk go with the brown rice every day.

16858 · March 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM

You should have only once a year: on February 30th. If the day doesn't say February 30th, then you can't have brown rice that day.

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188 · March 16, 2014 at 5:33 AM

The question is what else do you eat? Being part Asian doesn't mean you are genetically created to subsist on rice. If I eat any rice I go for the parboiled unenriched variety. The act of parboiling pushed some of the nutrients into the grain and the outer husk comes off, leaving a more nutritious white rice.

So maybe you should be looking at filling your diet with satiating foods other than rice that don't leave you hungry.

665 · March 16, 2014 at 4:37 AM

"I did some research on brown rice and found that it contains no refined carbs so it wont slow down my metabolism, so is eating brown rice on a paleo diet ok?"

Short Answer: No

Long Answer: Huh? Grains are not paleo. Rice is a grain. Rice is not paleo.

"brown (rice?) makes up the majority of my dinner" definitely not paleo

40652 · March 16, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Why do you have to have rice daily if you're half-Asian? I would assume you would only have to have it at most every other day…

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