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is white rice unhealthy?


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iv seen a lot of people saying that refined starched like white bread and white rice are unhealthy.id always thought of rice as quite healthy, but i only ever eat white rice (thats all we'v ever had in our house.)

What's the difference between brown and white rice?

thanks.

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no, its not unhealthy. You should eat whichever you prefer. Brown rice does have more nutrients and fiber in it, but its really not going to make a difference.

I've been wondering that too since I eat white rice practically everyday. It's good to know there's not much of a difference.

thhq
Feb 27 2011 13:48
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If you believe Taubes and Atkins it's unhealthy. It doesn't fit their plans for you, which require buying their books and products.

Rice is healthy as long as you don't overeat it. If you're obese, type II diabetic or have metabolic syndrome you should probably eat it in very limited amounts and monitor your blood glucose.

Bit like white bread and brown bread - not unhealthy but you get more nturients out of the brown stuff.

However, I despise brown rice so it's Basmati or Jasmine rice for me. Some things are just not worth eating for me, same with whole wheat pasta

Brown rice has more fiber and nutrients. So it can keep you full longer. If you have any problems with digestion or sugar rushes/crashes then it can make you feel better to eat the brown rice. I feel a lot better when I don't eat any white flour, white rice or white pasta--no more stomach aches or digestion problems, or sugar crashes and feeling hungry soon after the meal. But for some people it doesn't seem to make a difference, except for the nutrients of course. After I got to a healthier weight, my body seemed to be able to handle more white rice/white flour etc, but I still can't eat too much of it or I get uncomfortable again. I think the white rice is easier on the digestion than white flour and pasta personally. I second the Basmati or Jasmine rice though, they are really yummy And healthy. Brown rice isn't my favorite either.

 

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Yes as it is a polished starch like school house paste.  If you want the whole grain then eat brown rice which includes the fiber and nutrients. For a healthier substitute eat barley, oats, wheat germ or sweet potatoes as your starch. 

The best option is to use quinoa in its place - that is actually a seed from a plant and a complete protein.  White rice is a high glycemic index food and even if you do not now have diabetes, you want to limit your eating of high GI food overall so you don't end up with that condition. If you only eat it once in while, you may be alright.

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Yes as it is a polished starch like school house paste.  If you want the whole grain then eat brown rice which includes the fiber and nutrients. For a healthier substitute eat barley, oats, wheat germ or sweet potatoes as your starch. 

The best option is to use quinoa in its place - that is actually a seed from a plant and a complete protein.  White rice is a high glycemic index food and even if you do not now have diabetes, you want to limit your eating of high GI food overall so you don't end up with that condition. If you only eat it once in while, you may be alright.

I don't even know where to start...

It's not unhealthy. If you eat more than your recommended intake for your goal (whether it be loss, gain or maintainence) then you may see an increase in weight.

Brown rice is usually higher in fibre so might help with satiety. Go with what works for you - if you like white rice, then eat it.

 

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