With my constant adjusting of my diet and my constant questions filling up PaleoHacks...someone recommended the "Perfect Health Diet" which states that rice is a suitable safe starch. Do you eat rice? What kind do you prefer (brown, wild, white loaded with butter ;])? Do you eat it regularly? What are your thoughts about rice in the Paleo diet?
I follow the PHD fairly closely (save for generally one off-plan meal a week). I do eat rice, typically 3-4x a week. As the Jaminets' recommend, I go with white rice since the anti-nutrients in rice are predominantly found in the bran. As far as my thoughts about rice, I tend to agree with Paul and Kurt Harris. The latter recently wrote:
My list [of safe starches] is white potatoes, sweet potatoes, white rice and bananas. If more exotic fare like plantains and taro is available to you, that is fine, too. Except for white rice, these are all whole food starch sources with good mineral and micronutrient content that have been eaten in good health for thousands of years in many environments by genetically diverse populations. Many of these plants have spread far from their biomes of origin and serve as staples for populations who have adopted them with success over just the past few thousand years.
These starchy plant organs or vegetables are like night and day compared to most cereal grains, particularly wheat. One can eat more than half of calories from these safe starches without the risk of disease from phytates and mineral deficiencies one would have from relying on grains.
White rice is kind of a special case. It lacks the nutrients of root vegetables and starchy fruits like plantain and banana, but is good in reasonable quantities as it is a very benign grain that is easy to digest and gluten free.
I eat white rice with a lot of butter and it does not spike my blood sugar. Without butter it does, however. Same goes for sweet potatoes.
edit: Just found this for sweet potatoes :
Samples prepared by boiling had the lowest GI (41–50), while those processed by baking (82–94) and roasting (79–93) had the highest GI values.
Now that the cold weather is here, yes! It goes in my soups. I'm not a huge rice eater otherwise, preferring potatoes for starch these days.
I also eat rice noodles now too. The rice spring roll wrappers are fun to play with. I fill these with bok choy, pork and/or chicken, carrots and sprouts. Infinite possibilities!
Rice is not a staple in my diet, but I do eat it on occasion. It's not nutritionally dense like other foods, but hardly deleterious to one's health in moderate amounts. It's not for everybody; obviously VLC paleo won't eat it, nor will the paleo folks with a fetish for maximizing nutrients per bite.
I don't eat rice unless I'm going out for sushi (about once a month), but I don't see any major problem with it. I avoid it because my goal right now is to lose weight and I do much better if I stay away from grains entirely--probably because I am far more likely to overeat rice than the rich meaty curries I would be putting on top of it.
I don't eat white rice, but I do include it in my three-year-old twins' diet. I am slowly transitioning them to either a Paleo Diet or at least a whole foods diet with limited grain and legume (not sure yet where we'll land). I make the distinction between them and myself based on our need for carbs. I am still trying to lose the last ten pounds of pregnancy weight and have had a history of hypoglycemia, so I definitely don't need to eat rice (although I don't think a bite here or there is a problem). I believe young children have a much higher need for carb energy than most adults, however, and mine are extremely active with lots of outdoor play and very little screen time. I'm also a single mother and a PhD student, so money is tight. Rice and potatoes are cheap and filling along with a good slab of fatty meat and a few healthy veggies.
I find white rice delicious, plain. My food reward pathway must be wired really low -- the stuff tastes rich and nutty to me. Mmm. :)
That said, I don't eat it often because it puts weight on me, and it also stimulates my appetite. Whenever I add it regularly I have to fight constant hungries and urges to do the kitchen crawl.
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