In Praise of Rice

As part of an overall high protein, high fiber, low refined sugar and starch diet, rice is invaluable.  Don’t underestimate how important the second biggest food crop in the world is.

While too much rice, and it’s irrelevant whether you eat white, brown, or parboiled rice, is not necessary or even desired, the right amount will make your meals more satisfying and more nutritious.

You can’t eat the initial reduction diet of protein and low starch vegetables forever.  Your body will go into ketosis and waste away all it’s fat stores, and then it’s muscle stores too.  At some point in low carb dieting, you have to add good carbs back to the diet in order to find your carbohydrate threshold.  That is, the amount of carbs you can eat without gaining any weight back.

Rice and fruit are ideal foods, and protein doesn’t necessarily have to come from meat.  Rice is largely filler, a mixture of fiber, a lot of water, and a few minerals, but in that lies its inherent magic.  A rice grain swells three times in size as it cooks and absorbs water.  Rice is sweet, bland, nourishing, mild, and harmless.  You can eat it every day and not be adversely affected.

Brown rice may have all the fiber intact, and fiber is an essential factor in health, but white rice isn’t so bad either if you are eating a lot of vegetables.  The East Asians only eat white rice traditionally, and since there is so much fiber in their diet to begin with, nobody misses the bran or endosperm of the rice grain.

Parboiled rice may be the best solution to the brown vs white controversy.  Parboiled rice is boiled in the husk before polishing into white rice, so the nutrients go into the internal part of the grain and then the bran is rubbed away.  So what you are left with is rice that is nutritious like brown rice, but lacking the fiber of brown rice.  In the end, rice is a source of starch, or complex carbohydrates, so all three types of rice turn into a steady supply of sugar in the body.  Eat rice sparingly, but there should be some in your diet every day if you are near your desired weight.

And one last thing before I end this post.  Weight loss is not the end part of nutritional knowledge, and nutrition is not the end part of medical knowledge.  Everybody in America wants to lose weight and talk about food because they are obese and unhealthy.  Food doesn’t just help you stay near a certain weight.  It also cures diseases and fuels performance, and ultimately influences longevity.  And when it comes to medical knowledge, nutrition is just the beginning subject, not the ultimate subject of longevity and the possibility of immortality.


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