Do you eat rice?

by 1669 · November 24, 2013 at 07:46 PM

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?

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14843 · December 04, 2011 at 01:17 AM

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.

8777 · December 05, 2011 at 12:17 PM

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!

1090 · December 04, 2011 at 06:08 AM

I'm Asian, its rhetorical =P (death to brown rice!)

15831 · December 04, 2011 at 02:23 AM

No I don't eat rice.

I don't see any problems eating rice, though. Hate to be cliche, but can a million Chinese peoplebe wrong

15070 · December 04, 2011 at 01:28 AM

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.

1100 · December 04, 2011 at 08:41 PM

I have added white rice a few times a week and have actually broken through a plateau. My favorite is CalRose brand. I boil 4 quarts of salted water in a 6-qt. pot. Then I add 1 1/2 cups rice slowly to keep water boiling, Let it boil rapidly for 15 min. uncovered, then drain through sieve. It is fluffy with well separated grains, slightly firm to bite.

20 · December 04, 2011 at 02:07 PM

Hi! I added rice AND potatoes back after I lost the weight I wanted to loose, it hasn't caused any issues. If your in weight loss mode, it may hinder your weight loss results.

3279 · December 04, 2011 at 03:20 AM

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.

3929 · December 04, 2011 at 03:16 AM

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.

7153 · December 04, 2011 at 03:04 AM

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.

40550 · December 04, 2011 at 01:13 AM

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.

1377 · December 05, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I read PHD last January, and it really spoke to me. Prior to that I had been first low carb, then Paleo, and had reaped numerous health benefits. But on PHD I feel great. I was never a big rice fan, but it has become my go to safe starch. I prefer basmati types, although I accidently bought a 20 pound bag of what turned out to be sushi rice at the asian market, and we ate that too.

2923 · December 04, 2011 at 10:17 PM

I used to love basmati, been staying away from it for about nine months now, but now I'm thinking about partaking again. I still got a cupboardful.

Hey, but it's been so long, I forget what proportion of rice to water! HELP!

What's the rice/water ratio?

16813 · December 04, 2011 at 06:17 PM

Since I'm still trying to lean out, I've eaten no rice at all. However, this is disturbing:

RNA From Rice Can Survive Digestion and Alter Gene Expression

8890 · December 04, 2011 at 05:40 PM

I eat a bit of white basmati rice, never more than 1/8 cup at a time, maybe around once a week or less. I find Jaminet's arguments unconvincing and inconsistent with my own experience. However, I do share with others my discovery that white rice is better for me than brown.

6218 · December 04, 2011 at 04:35 PM

The hubby and I like variety in our safe starches so we do eat rice. It varies from about half cup cooked per day up to 2 times a day (per person) to some weeks with no rice but we do other starches such as:

1) plantains

2) sweet potatoes

3) potatoes

4) bananas (max 2 a day, usually 1)

We like to vary our rice - basmati, jasmine, wild rice, arborio though we end up having mostly some variety of white rice.

We add lots of butter or ghee to our rice when we eat it!

1212 · December 04, 2011 at 03:40 PM

I eat "Texmanti" white rice several times a week following Perfect Health Diet. Without starches I was uncomfortably constipated most of the time. I also eat potatoes, sweet and white. I used to eat tons of salads, but have cut the greenry waay back. I ususally have some spinach available and a little lettuce. I eat a lot of butter, cream and meat of all colors. My systems are all "go" now.

1602 · December 04, 2011 at 03:26 PM

I prefer white potatoes but I eat white rice everynow and then.

Fatty meat plus a starch. Satisfies completely.

24012 · December 04, 2011 at 04:19 AM

I think rice is fine if your body is fine with it. Unfortunately mine is not. It makes my blood sugar all crazy. I have a stronger reaction to rice than just about any food there is. A stupid Snickers bar doesn't put me into a coma the way rice does. I will indulge in a few pieces of sushi every now and then but otherwise it's a no go for me.

110 · December 04, 2011 at 03:55 AM

Reading PHD was very inspiring and I delighted in the novelty of white rice and potatoes—I made Jaminet's gnocchi which is very good, esp. made with sweet potatoes. trouble was, it didn't sit too well at first. Bloating, hunger, esp. when paired with protein... Now I'm okay with a quarter cup of organic sweet white rice, once a week, served with pan-fried salmon, topped with rice vinegar and kelp flakes. it feels very satisfying, as long as the portion is small, and it doesn't give me any problems. This is after being Primal for 5 months.

993 · November 24, 2013 at 07:46 PM

Almost never (unless I'm having a really bad craving or it's a special occasion or there's no other gluten free options) I use cauliflower rice instead.

0 · November 24, 2013 at 04:39 PM

I eat a lot of rice but just one time at week!

10439 · July 02, 2013 at 06:51 PM

I eat it a few times a week, usually about a quarter or a half cup dry, served with fish.

I usually use basmati rice, toast it up with garlic in olive oil, and then cook with half chicken broth and half water. I either add frozen spinach while it's still cooking and decrease the water a bit to offset, or add fresh spinach at the end of cooking and just stir it in and let it wilt and steam a bit in the rice.

1142 · July 02, 2013 at 02:38 PM

I certainly need a "brown carb" to feel happy and healthy. I do vary. When I have it I have brown basmati rice mixed with wild rice only. Otherwise I eat baked potato and baked sweet potato always in both cases with skin.

0 · July 02, 2013 at 02:29 PM

I read that rice is a grass, so why would this food be off limits on the Paleolithic Diet?
I eat rice at least 4 times a week. I also have white potatoes with lots of butter.

5351 · December 05, 2011 at 02:20 PM

What I enjoyed about rice was being able to dig through vast mounds of it. At the moment I simply don't see any need to eat rice, though if I'd probably not be too concerned if I happened to find myself in a situation where it was the main energy source available.

248 · December 04, 2011 at 02:51 AM

I don't eat White rice but White rice flour based bread is my cheating staple(!)

I personally don't eat any grain, white rice for that matter, not for any other reason, but because I can't digest grains well. If you don't have problem digesting rice, I would think "why not?"

I think what's good about white rice is that it's easy on Kidneys. As ben61820 said above, Asians eat white rice daily basis, often every 3 meals a day! I heard that, in Asia, White rice based porridge is served for patients. They believe that it's easy to digest=let go down. It's obviously easy on Kidneys. Whereas Brown rice is harsh and hard on kidneys.

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