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Why isn't white rice bread a "safe starch"?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 23, 2012 at 5:59 AM

Personally, I don't consider white rice to be a safe starch because it's still a small seed but prefer tubers. Still, when in a bind I tend to prefer it and white potatoes to other compromises. It makes me wonder, if white rice, rice noodles, and rice crackers are considered safe starches then why would white rice bread as well? I haven't checked but I'm sure it exists (at least brown rice, far less preferable of course).

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on March 08, 2012
at 08:13 PM

White rice flour products. Like those Vietnamese rice nooodles presumably have much higehr GL than just plain white rice. That's why I would stick to rice but only occasionally do rice flour.

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on March 08, 2012
at 08:10 PM

Rice grains are preferable to pulverized flour. That's why you would eat white rice but only sparingly eat white flour products. Less glycemic load is one reason.

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on March 08, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Yes Melissa Lets do make a post about every kind of rice: Here are my best suggestions. Is rice thrown at weddings safe? Are rice facial masks safe? Is rice milk safe to use to make my safe mashed potatoes with? What about rice a roni -is it safe? hahahaha

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on March 08, 2012
at 05:32 PM

but rice is a very unique "seed". It has the starch portion (white rice) sectioned off in it's own pod surrounded by the other grain elements. the same cannot be said of other grains.

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:28 PM

i'm with melissa. white rice is white rice is white rice.

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on February 23, 2012
at 04:24 PM

it just gets kind of redundant at some point. do we need a question for every type of rice product?

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on February 23, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Xantham gum isn't bad for you. Its a great thickener! I'm sure it causes less digestive problem than corn starch.

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on February 23, 2012
at 01:08 PM

But Melissa, a lot of people who call themselves Paleo eat white rice and use this website (including yourself, I thought). Balor123, both the white and brown rice breads I ate in my pre-Paleo days contained stuff like xanthum gum, potato starch, binders, sweeteners etc, so to me they are just too far from what Paleo is supposed to be. Still, my thought is if you found a really great all-rice brand, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the word. Kashperanto, I eat rice over tubers because I have pretty out-of-control IBS and most tubers give me way too much bloat.

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on February 23, 2012
at 07:07 AM

This isn't really a paleo question, I think you should ask the authors of PHD

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on February 23, 2012
at 06:45 AM

Perfect Health Diet lists it as a safe starch

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on February 23, 2012
at 06:33 AM

When was rice considered safe? Sure, it's better than some other grains, but better doesn't mean good. I would stick to sweet potatoes and other 'OK' tubers, as I'm not sure on white potatoes. I have been known to eat potato chips in a pinch...

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:31 PM

I'm with Melissa. White rice is white rice is white rice. There is no fat. There is basically zero protein content. Cooking does not damage its nutritional value. Grinding up white rice into a powder does not alter the content enough to need to discuss it.

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on March 08, 2012
at 05:20 PM

I myself am cool with having white rice sometimes, but when it comes to bread, it depends on the other ingredients in it. If you don't consider white rice to be a safe starch because rice is a seed, then you've really answered your own question- white rice bread isn't a safe starch because it is a seed product.

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on March 08, 2012
at 05:32 PM

but rice is a very unique "seed". It has the starch portion (white rice) sectioned off in it's own pod surrounded by the other grain elements. the same cannot be said of other grains.

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Balor. I feed my kids white rice bread. Yes. It exists. Look in the frozen section or fresh bread of your natural store.

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on February 23, 2012
at 03:38 PM

So under the assumption that you consider white rice a safe starch (which I personally do, though not to excess), then white rice flour and any products that could be made with it (also assuming other ingredients were paleo) would be paleo as well. The problem with bread is overdoing it. I could easily see someone eating a couple pieces and taking in a enormous amount of starch in one sitting. Also, it'd probably be pretty tough to find a commercial brand that doesn't have any sort of non-Paleo adulterants. That said if you made you own bread and didn't go nuts, it'd be safe (in my opinion).

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