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is white rice really that bad? i eat brown rice because I'm told to but whats wrong with eating white rice? A lot of times when I'm eating out it seems to be the best choice under the circumstances. any thoughts???

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if it's the best choice under the circumstances then eat it. brown rice has more fiber and nutrients than white rice so is the better choice. If brown isn't available though then having white rice on occasion is not going to hurt you. 

i have ben living all over asia for a year.  i and they eat white rice 3 times a day,  usually eq to a serving of a cup...sometimes much more,  and they are still alive,  billions of them,  so i actually love rice,  i would choose brown, but it has never, anywhere been a choice,  unless you go to super trendy expensive expat places,  have white rice and forget it!

Brown rice is of course better nutritionally but also just by comparing and calculating calories and WW points, I found 1 cup cooked brown rice (Minute Rice) had the same as ½ cup white or basmati.

½ cup dry = 1 cup cooked

Here is a quick example of my research, I’ve usually compared Minute Brown to regular white though but comparing brown to white still gets the point across.

http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-minute -rice-brown-i129400

http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-minute -rice-white-i129399

For anyone who just doesn’t like brown rice, why not cook ½ of each? ;)

 Asia as a people do eat rice every day and if i'm  not mistaken ( no proof)  the magority of Asia isn't over weight or obese. I'm not sure what kind of other health issues Asia faces, I've never looked into. rice is a carbohydrate. there are a lot of carbo haters out there. and for some reason carbo haters have to justify there carb intake, it has to have some kind of health benefit. it cant be just a source of energy. why? why cant i just eat rice without other health conscious people giving me the stink eye?

Other than cultural or habitual reasons, is it possible so much rice is eaten in China b/c it is the cheaper alternative? Not everyone there can afford imported veggies and fruit which are also a carbohydrate source. I would think most of the veggies are imported due to lack of growing space from congestion and overcrowding.

Eat your rice and enjoy, forget about the carbo haters!

If you don't have blood sugar problems, I would say eat whatever rice you'd like and make sure you're getting fiber from somewhere else. I'm no expert (and I'm partial to brown rice).

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Apr 27 2010 01:22
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Provided you're eating a balance of other foods and getting enough protein and fat, I don't think the nutritional  difference between white and brown rice is worth worrying about. They're about equal in calories, all carbs and easy to digest.  Eating a cup a day, 200-300 calories, it's only a matter of your taste preference.  

Original Post by bobo1:

i have ben living all over asia for a year.  i and they eat white rice 3 times a day,  usually eq to a serving of a cup...sometimes much more,  and they are still alive,  billions of them,  so i actually love rice,  i would choose brown, but it has never, anywhere been a choice,  unless you go to super trendy expensive expat places,  have white rice and forget it!

I live in Asia as well. In restaurants, no, you can't usually find brown rice but you can surely find it in markets.

Original Post by heathersmilez:

Other than cultural or habitual reasons, is it possible so much rice is eaten in China b/c it is the cheaper alternative? Not everyone there can afford imported veggies and fruit which are also a carbohydrate source. I would think most of the veggies are imported due to lack of growing space from congestion and overcrowding.

Eat your rice and enjoy, forget about the carbo haters!

Do you seriously think there is zero growing space in Asia? China is a huge country. Most people live in the cities which is not where crops are grown. Asians eat rice because it grows well here. And I'd say Chinese (and many other Asians) aren't missing out on eating veggies... the cuisines are based on veggies. 

I feel the same way about white tortillas...as long as I'm getting pleny of fiber and other nutrients from the other things I eat...I don't worry about it ;)

I will never eat plain brown rice. I hate it (: White rice/bread is fine for you just nutritionally brown rice will be better for you. But I'll stick with my white rice thank you very much (:  

I am from Asia and my family eats white rice thrice a day.. And they are some of the fittest people I know of... As long as you eat your veggies, and burn the calories off, I dont think it is going to hurt you...

Brown Rice has all sorts of added health benefits, including high levels of Vitamin B.  I used to have a weird situation where certain foods, esp cheese would somehow deprive me of B and I'd ITCH.  I actually woke up one night rubbing my wrists together because they were so itchy!  A nutritionists made the link for me, and whenever I'd get itchy, we'd make brown rice!  So we call it "itchy rice" in my house.

I love brown rice.  And Basmati.  And red.  And plain old unfancy white.  It's all healthy for you, especially if it's made without oil (as is the norm).  Just depends what YOUR diet needs!

 

I grew up eating rice all the time.  My grandmother fixed rice everyday and she and my aunts and uncles were fit with no complications.  In fact my dad who will be 69 next month still has it as one of his main staples in his kitchen.  I you like rice, eat it.  White, brown , basmati, indifferent; the choice is yours.  By the way if I could eat it all day everyday I would.Cool

 

If you do not have any blood sugar issues, you be fine with white rice or with a small portion. It is not the question what you eat mostly, but how much you eat. Brown rice is better, if you prefer white rice it does work too. If you overeat on brown rice, it is not healthy either. You can go from Miami to New York by train or by plane, both get you there, it just takes longer with the train. Good luck to you and enjoy the white rice.

I agree with most of what everyone wrote here. You have to eat what you like to eat and make your own decisions about nutrition. I bought a 25 pound bag of white rice before I understood how much more brown rice offered nutritionally. So that is what I'm going to eat. Eating whole grains is always a better choice than processed carbs like bread and pasta! White rice is not bad, but there are better choices. I work hard to get enough fiber in my 1200 calories! What about Quinoa, Millet and Amaranth? - they have more nutrition than any kind of rice.

Even if you have blood sugar issues, you can eat rice.  I'm am a diabetic and I eat rice, may not be everyday; but I do eat rice at least twice a week.  As long as you do it in moderation you will be fine. 

Brown rice is better because it contains fiber, vitamins and minerals but when white rice is made the outer shell is removed and the grain is polished, removing all of it's nutrients. However, I also think that brown rice tastes terrible and this is coming from a health nut who eats all sorts of "strange" things. If it's white rice or nothing or white rice vs. a greasy burger, I would choose white rice. White rice isn't bad for you, it's just not as good as brown in the nutritional department.

If you follow what Carolie Count says brown rice receives a lesser rating than white rice.  I personally would eat brown because it has fiber in it even though white rice has no fat.  I think anything in moderation is okay for you. 

From what I have read, white rice is not as nutritionally desirable because the nutrients have been stripped from the rice during processing. 

http://nutrition.about.com/od/healthyshopping /f/brown_white_ric.htm

That said, I don't think white rice would be any worse for you than bread or pasta!

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