Obviously, rice is forbidden; and I'd assume that most products made of rice would also be forbidden, but I'm curious to know if a vietnamese rice paper roll filled with lean proteins, fruits, and veggies would fall into a paleo meal.
In the strict sense, it would not, but is the concentration of rice low enough that there wouldn't be an appreciable impact on the body?
I eat them. For starters you have to eat about 20 of them to equal one portion of rice, so just roll them nice and fat! If you are dipping into Noc Cham,(which you should be) try to make your own so it will have less sugar or try it with honey, and lots of lime juice.
Vietnamese food in general is very healthy in my opinion.
I know the Perfect Health Diet authors permit rice, as it's a safe starch with relatively little antinutrients. Kurt Harris of Archevore also eats puffed rice cereal. Overall, the rolls are so thin that I don't think it'd make a significant impact on your diet. Nevertheless, portion control is key. If you eat more than 10 of them, I think we'd have a problem, but otherwise, I think the protein/fat/fiber in the filling may balance out the high GI of the rice.
I think you are being very black and white / 0 or 1, when there is a scale, I am a recovering pollster and I think there could easily be a two dimensional scale like this:
Grok ate this (10)
Pepsi & Doritos (1)
I think this is a 4.5 to 5.
There has to be a zone of high risk/moderate risk/low risk in terms of the sugar load, and all the rest that has to do with eating grains. The trick is to find the optimal point on the scale and then make a decision.
you're talking about the spring-roll wrappers? i was super stoked to find these recently. white rice is harmless for many people, and a lot of folks here eat it. the wrappers i have are tapioca starch + rice starch. nomnom.
I agree - eat them. You're not going to grom on all 50 wrappers in a sitting, so enjoy. I appreciate your question and if they fall into the Paleo category! It was something I had wondered about, oh I love summer rolls, and when balancing the pro's and con's decided "pro" as it wasn't going to be an everyday thing.
Also, anything that I can eat by hand and is portable, especially in summer, wins :)
Below is a favourite of mine to use with your wrappers, use whatever meat sounds good - thinly sliced pork, chicken and big steamed split shrimp are nice with this - and roll away:
sauce to dip: shallot, red chili, titch of honey, avocado or coconut oil depends on the flavour you like best, white wine vinegar or coconut vinegar, salt and pepper
filling: underipe peaches sliced thinly, small jicama peeled and cut into matchsticks, baby arugula
softened wrapper then: arugula, peaches, jicama, meat, roll.
I follow the Perfect Health Diet, so these wrappers are ok with me.
As a snack, I'll take some healthy fat and heat it up (not smoking, but hot enough to fry) and throw in a rice wrapper and watch it instantly puff up into a rice crisp (for lack of a better term). I put it in a brown paper bag and start looking for seasonings.
I'll season it up as I like, maybe salt and vinegar, or maybe something sweet like cinnamon and a tiny bit of maple sugar.
Not the best thing for you, but far from bad.