I know that neither eating rice nor noodles is considered paleo but people want to or tend to cheat once in a while. Which one do you think is the lesser evil, rice or noodles?
I think it depends on:
a) How you prepare them: Rice should be soaked in an acid solution (lemon juice, kefir, vinegar or whey) for at least 7 hours prior to cooking and then simmered very gently for another couple of hours so that the grain is rendered easier to digest. This is practically impossible to do with noodles.
b) What type of rice you eat: Brown (whole) rice contains more nutrients (vitamin B and E and iron) than white rice and in light of the above point, fairs better when left to soak and simmer for long periods, I have never seen whole brown noodles, but I could be wrong.
c) The extrusion method used to mass-produce noodles denatures them when they are subjected to high temperatures, so I would avoid them.
So, go for whole brown rice once in a while, prepared and cooked properly.
Rice prepared as per Louisa is probably OK, but have you tried shirataki noodles?
They are a bit weird, but when you crave noodles they can fill in for you. They are of Japanese origin- here is a website to check out. They should be rinsed before eating since they have an odour.
Rice or Rice Noodles make a great cheat! To me I typically eat under 50g of carbs per day, but I don't consider anything below 100-150 too bad, certainly not a cheat as I am very active.
So by avoiding gluten which I think is one of the primary Neolithic 'bad' foods, I just consider white rice/rice noodles a nutritionally deplete (compared to leafy vegetables!) form of carbs...
Worst case scenario, when the urge to eat something at midnight or later when I get out of work and am starving...a brown rice sushi roll. So I'd have to go with brown rice above white rice or pasta.
If a gun was to my head on rice in general versus pasta, I'd probably still go with rice.
You can sprout the rice by soaking it in water for 24 hours (or more, if you want). It will already ferment a little by then. Only brown rice sprouts though (that should be obvious). Sprouting the rice also increases the amino acid GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) which aside from benefiting the nervous system, also is beneficial in building muscle.