4

votes

Vietnamese Rice Paper (Bahn Trang) as part of a Paleo meal?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 15, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Obviously, rice is forbidden; and I'd assume that most products made of rice would also be forbidden, but I'm curious to know if a vietnamese rice paper roll filled with lean proteins, fruits, and veggies would fall into a paleo meal.

In the strict sense, it would not, but is the concentration of rice low enough that there wouldn't be an appreciable impact on the body?

696b8e92dfe84e9c2aa0700e67771090

on April 17, 2013
at 05:16 PM

I do not wet the wrapper first.

23a240b30b8622fed011ccbd4054fac2

(489)

on March 19, 2013
at 07:01 PM

That sounds interesting! Do you wet the wrapper first, or do you put them in dry?

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on April 20, 2012
at 08:39 PM

I'm willing to be paleolithic people worried quite a bit, just about different things than we do.

8f3730668ce0afe19faafc9da192df15

(95)

on July 17, 2011
at 03:00 AM

sorry, I thought that the site was based specifically on "The Paleo Diet" book, not just paleolithic diets. I'm probably going to continue with the rice paper, just wanted to know how much I should limit my intake (if at all).

A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

(1936)

on July 16, 2011
at 01:21 AM

True.. homemade is way better and pretty easy.

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

(1614)

on July 15, 2011
at 10:04 PM

except the mandatory MSG in every pho joint

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on July 15, 2011
at 08:10 PM

+1 for "worrying is not paleo"

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on July 15, 2011
at 07:29 PM

Obviously? Many here eat white rice and consider it a "safe starch". Zero nutrition, but low on the antinutrient scale too. Unless, of course, you are attempting to recreate a historically accurate paleolithic diet. Good luck on finding Wooly Mammoth steaks at Whole Foods. (Sorry I went off like that - just eat the rice paper and don't worry about it - worrying is not paleo!)

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 15, 2011
at 07:25 PM

good question! i have a bunch of these papers, my daughter loves them filled with shrimp and veggies!

  • 8f3730668ce0afe19faafc9da192df15

    asked by

    (95)
  • Views
    19.2K
  • Last Activity
    1279D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

9 Answers

best answer

4
A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

(1936)

on July 15, 2011
at 06:29 PM

I eat them. For starters you have to eat about 20 of them to equal one portion of rice, so just roll them nice and fat! If you are dipping into Noc Cham,(which you should be) try to make your own so it will have less sugar or try it with honey, and lots of lime juice.

Vietnamese food in general is very healthy in my opinion.

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

(1614)

on July 15, 2011
at 10:04 PM

except the mandatory MSG in every pho joint

A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

(1936)

on July 16, 2011
at 01:21 AM

True.. homemade is way better and pretty easy.

5
776cf39df980711e80fc02317eb64649

(892)

on July 15, 2011
at 09:56 PM

I know the Perfect Health Diet authors permit rice, as it's a safe starch with relatively little antinutrients. Kurt Harris of Archevore also eats puffed rice cereal. Overall, the rolls are so thin that I don't think it'd make a significant impact on your diet. Nevertheless, portion control is key. If you eat more than 10 of them, I think we'd have a problem, but otherwise, I think the protein/fat/fiber in the filling may balance out the high GI of the rice.

4
559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on July 15, 2011
at 06:23 PM

you're talking about the spring-roll wrappers? i was super stoked to find these recently. white rice is harmless for many people, and a lot of folks here eat it. the wrappers i have are tapioca starch + rice starch. nomnom.

4
5b4fd1d0dcb02b1cc3c666ece9e5983d

(1169)

on July 15, 2011
at 06:19 PM

hi,

I think you are being very black and white / 0 or 1, when there is a scale, I am a recovering pollster and I think there could easily be a two dimensional scale like this:

Grok ate this (10)
9
8
7
6
Neolithic (5)
4
3
2
Pepsi & Doritos (1)

I think this is a 4.5 to 5.

There has to be a zone of high risk/moderate risk/low risk in terms of the sugar load, and all the rest that has to do with eating grains. The trick is to find the optimal point on the scale and then make a decision.

3
Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 16, 2011
at 01:19 AM

I agree - eat them. You're not going to grom on all 50 wrappers in a sitting, so enjoy. I appreciate your question and if they fall into the Paleo category! It was something I had wondered about, oh I love summer rolls, and when balancing the pro's and con's decided "pro" as it wasn't going to be an everyday thing.

Also, anything that I can eat by hand and is portable, especially in summer, wins :)

Below is a favourite of mine to use with your wrappers, use whatever meat sounds good - thinly sliced pork, chicken and big steamed split shrimp are nice with this - and roll away:

sauce to dip: shallot, red chili, titch of honey, avocado or coconut oil depends on the flavour you like best, white wine vinegar or coconut vinegar, salt and pepper

filling: underipe peaches sliced thinly, small jicama peeled and cut into matchsticks, baby arugula

softened wrapper then: arugula, peaches, jicama, meat, roll.

3
8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

on July 15, 2011
at 06:37 PM

I like it as part of a cheat meal - it's gluten free and I like it in spring rolls that I order gluten-free. Dipped in fish-based Vietnamese gluten-free sauce they are yummy.

1
696b8e92dfe84e9c2aa0700e67771090

on March 19, 2013
at 06:32 PM

I follow the Perfect Health Diet, so these wrappers are ok with me.

As a snack, I'll take some healthy fat and heat it up (not smoking, but hot enough to fry) and throw in a rice wrapper and watch it instantly puff up into a rice crisp (for lack of a better term). I put it in a brown paper bag and start looking for seasonings.

I'll season it up as I like, maybe salt and vinegar, or maybe something sweet like cinnamon and a tiny bit of maple sugar.

Not the best thing for you, but far from bad.

23a240b30b8622fed011ccbd4054fac2

(489)

on March 19, 2013
at 07:01 PM

That sounds interesting! Do you wet the wrapper first, or do you put them in dry?

696b8e92dfe84e9c2aa0700e67771090

on April 17, 2013
at 05:16 PM

I do not wet the wrapper first.

0
B9f7983066222eb521436983b4d07089

on February 17, 2014
at 07:53 PM

I just purchased Banh Trang Deo wraps that have tapioca only, no rice. Looking forward to using it for some wraps.

0
3343b6ac17df8e4d0f762794650dd369

on November 12, 2013
at 12:39 AM

It's BANH Trang not BAHN. :)

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!