Can white rice give you acne if consumed and eaten with fiber, good fats, and protein? This apparently can lower the insulin spike greatly?
Secondly, I have been paleo for three weeks coming from a vegetarian diet of mostly legumes and brown rice everyday, but my acne has gotten worse? Help!
You have just changed a zillion factors in your diet. The likelihood that white rice is giving you acne (especially as you were eating brown rice before) is vanishingly small. And given that you've probably vastly lowered your carb intake from your previous diet even if you are eating rice, I don't think you need to be worrying about insulin spikes.
1) Three weeks is not really long enough to see a difference, for most people.
2) Insulin spikes can contribute to acne but they are certainly not the only contributer. There are people on PH who eat LC and still have acne. There are people who start having skin problems after taking fish oil supplements or increasing iodine intake. There are people who get acne after eating starch or fruit or drinking coffee or alcohol. There are people who trace their acne to eggs, or nuts, or nightshades, or dairy (a huge one). So while there is a slight possibility that white rice is a trigger for you, there are many other things it could be, and even if white rice is the trigger, it might not be because of the insulin spike.
In my opinion, a reasonable serving of white rice would be very unlikely to give you acne. If you are binging on it all day long, that's one thing, but as part of a meal... it's regarded as a fairly safe starch, in general.
There are many anecdotal reports around here of people's skin showing no improvement for a few months, or even getting worse initially. I know it's frustrating, but you have to try to be patient.
Hormones cause acne, and you are likely having a hormone shift. Conventional wisdom says that White Basmati has a lower glycemic impact than other types of rice, so maybe try Basmati and see if that helps. Or, just stop eating rice all together. It's too bad, though, because I LOVE Basmati, but I stay far away from it now. Damn stuff is like popcorn.
Oh there is a link!!! I avoid rice, I probably eat a small amount twice a year. When I eat rice I get tiny little under the skin bumps or small white head type spots. So for me, rice does cause inflammation. I also have problems with pasta, bread (all types of flour!) A excellent book to read is a book called 'Clear skin' by Karen Jessett. This book explains all about acid and alkaline foods and maintaining a balance. "Alkaline foods: nearly all fresh (and uncooked) fruit and vegetables. you should avoid sugar, salt, meat, dairy products, most grains, refined and simple carbohydrates (such as white flour and rice), alcohol and caffeine."
I have read the most stupidest replies on many forums where people are saying certain foods cant possibly be a reason why someone had a break out! That diet and acne are not related; for some maybe but not for others, two peices of chocolate could do it or an ice cream could cause eruptions.
*"so basically: over acidity can cause over-growth of micro-organisms that prevent your digestive system working effectively. This means toxins can get pushed pout of the skin and nutrients aren't absorbed properly. To remedy this, and help gain clear skin, you need to eat a predominatly alkaline-forming diet and heal your digestive system."
I think the biggest myth in paleo forums is that carbs are the problem for all ilnesses. The problem may be some type of carbs - like wheat just like some types of meat are also bad - like pork and other grain fed meats. The other myth is that insulin spikes cause insulin resistance and that insulin spikes cause acne - i know many people with diabetes and none of them have acne. Also lower blood sugar helps in acne but does not cure it - at least this is my experience. In the same time some foods like fruits cause blood sugar spikes but are soemhow helping with acne
I have had flushes of acne at different times as I've lost weight over 3 years with paleo. I think some of it is detoxing whatever was in that later of fat! However, high fat dairy gives me cystic acne. Especially heavy cream.
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