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Some people think that all "white foods" are bad (white bread, white potato, white rice), what do you think?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 25, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Is it really the color of the food that counts? Does something that is "white" automatically mean high-starch?

I personally don't believe so... some brown whole grains are higher on the GI than their paler counterparts, and some white potatoes and sweet potatoes have the same amount of carbs.

But, I'm not a scientist and my googling has brought this question up...

What do you guys think?

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 15, 2012
at 11:12 PM

60's hippy we-do-this-based-on-our-feelings diets are so fun.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on April 15, 2012
at 09:41 PM

There is a racist joke in there somewhere, about "white being bad", but I'm too classy to think about it... too classy, indeed.

Af939911afa817f79a4625d4f503c735

(552)

on April 15, 2012
at 09:06 PM

It's just a general "rule of thumb" for newbies who get confused and overwhelmed. For some folks, that's the easiest place to start. Green = good, white = bad. Yes, it's overly simplistic and not at all scientific.

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on January 16, 2012
at 11:08 PM

And my turnip/leek/garlic mash.

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on January 16, 2012
at 11:08 PM

Mmmmm... the tasty white foods!

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

(1932)

on January 16, 2012
at 08:19 PM

Well, am I the only one who thought that the PBS lady was showing exercises for people who cannot stand? You know, like if they have MS or some other horrible disease that keeps them from walking.

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

(1932)

on January 16, 2012
at 08:17 PM

And my cauliflower is white, too! You can take it away over my dead body!

6ec8d30130a6fb274871314533b5536b

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on December 27, 2011
at 08:21 AM

Thanks, that's a good point. :D

6ec8d30130a6fb274871314533b5536b

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on December 27, 2011
at 08:21 AM

Thanks, that was very helpful. :)

6ec8d30130a6fb274871314533b5536b

(581)

on December 27, 2011
at 08:20 AM

Haha, I love this response. :P

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on December 26, 2011
at 05:35 PM

LOL - yeah a lot of good saturated fats are close to white - coconut oil/cream, tallow, lard etc.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 26, 2011
at 04:27 PM

I find that stuff kind of fascinating. Like the belt exercise machine that jiggles your way to a slender new you or the woman who does chair exercises on PBS.

A912ff969107d3eda04ee78c683a6bc5

(178)

on December 26, 2011
at 12:45 PM

My coconut oil is white when it's solid.

559a1bf85bfe38a0fbbf56377c7278b4

(1548)

on December 26, 2011
at 09:07 AM

My double cream.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on December 26, 2011
at 05:06 AM

As I point out in my post (http://paleohacks.com/questions/76903/which-oil-is-best-for-frying-animal-fats-butter-ghee-coconut-oil-or-olive-oil#axzz1hc8GxUzV), the best oil for frying is coconut oil and ghee/butter due to their minimal PUFA content. Bacon grease and lard do have 8-12% PUFA, which I didn't realize before, which seems to be minimal but not when compared to the above.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on December 26, 2011
at 04:38 AM

Nope, and it sounds dumb. What likely happened is ass-for-brains got the idea that "zomg white food sucks" and then went out to look for rationalizations to hate on each one of those foods.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 26, 2011
at 04:29 AM

I read about a diet in the early 60's called the "no white inside" diet where, literally, if the food was white - you didn't eat it. Milk, yogurt, potatoes, bread, etc. Have you ever come across that when stabbing about the intertubes?

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 26, 2011
at 04:25 AM

And my Lardo...

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 26, 2011
at 02:08 AM

As is my full-fat yogurt.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 26, 2011
at 02:07 AM

My tub of beef tallow is white too.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on December 25, 2011
at 10:25 PM

you are going to hell...see ya there

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Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on December 25, 2011
at 10:02 PM

It is basically just the anti-refined-food mentality. White rice, sugar, and flour are all low in nutrients, and because of their refined nature are more rapidly digested and raise blood sugar faster, which can be a problem in the case of insulin resistance. Potatoes get lumped in here even though they are more nutritious, possibly because of their glycemic index.

You're absolutely right that it has nothing to do with color.

6ec8d30130a6fb274871314533b5536b

(581)

on December 27, 2011
at 08:21 AM

Thanks, that was very helpful. :)

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on December 26, 2011
at 04:38 AM

Nope, and it sounds dumb. What likely happened is ass-for-brains got the idea that "zomg white food sucks" and then went out to look for rationalizations to hate on each one of those foods.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 26, 2011
at 04:29 AM

I read about a diet in the early 60's called the "no white inside" diet where, literally, if the food was white - you didn't eat it. Milk, yogurt, potatoes, bread, etc. Have you ever come across that when stabbing about the intertubes?

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 26, 2011
at 04:27 PM

I find that stuff kind of fascinating. Like the belt exercise machine that jiggles your way to a slender new you or the woman who does chair exercises on PBS.

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

(1932)

on January 16, 2012
at 08:19 PM

Well, am I the only one who thought that the PBS lady was showing exercises for people who cannot stand? You know, like if they have MS or some other horrible disease that keeps them from walking.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on April 15, 2012
at 09:41 PM

There is a racist joke in there somewhere, about "white being bad", but I'm too classy to think about it... too classy, indeed.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 15, 2012
at 11:12 PM

60's hippy we-do-this-based-on-our-feelings diets are so fun.

7
100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on December 26, 2011
at 01:52 AM

My bacon grease in a jar on the counter is white.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 26, 2011
at 02:08 AM

As is my full-fat yogurt.

559a1bf85bfe38a0fbbf56377c7278b4

(1548)

on December 26, 2011
at 09:07 AM

My double cream.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on December 26, 2011
at 05:06 AM

As I point out in my post (http://paleohacks.com/questions/76903/which-oil-is-best-for-frying-animal-fats-butter-ghee-coconut-oil-or-olive-oil#axzz1hc8GxUzV), the best oil for frying is coconut oil and ghee/butter due to their minimal PUFA content. Bacon grease and lard do have 8-12% PUFA, which I didn't realize before, which seems to be minimal but not when compared to the above.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on December 26, 2011
at 05:35 PM

LOL - yeah a lot of good saturated fats are close to white - coconut oil/cream, tallow, lard etc.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 26, 2011
at 02:07 AM

My tub of beef tallow is white too.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 26, 2011
at 04:25 AM

And my Lardo...

6ec8d30130a6fb274871314533b5536b

(581)

on December 27, 2011
at 08:20 AM

Haha, I love this response. :P

A912ff969107d3eda04ee78c683a6bc5

(178)

on December 26, 2011
at 12:45 PM

My coconut oil is white when it's solid.

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

(1932)

on January 16, 2012
at 08:17 PM

And my cauliflower is white, too! You can take it away over my dead body!

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on January 16, 2012
at 11:08 PM

And my turnip/leek/garlic mash.

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on December 25, 2011
at 09:56 PM

i think the "white food" analogy is useful for people trying to improve a poor SAD diet. once the diet is cleaned up it is easier to adopt more healthful habits. small steps in the right (general) direction is never a bad thing.

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on December 25, 2011
at 10:37 PM

It's important not to confuse white foods with refined foods. Of course that's a good rule if you're talking to a 10 year old, but some white foods are good.

Anthoxanthins are a composite of flavones, flavanols, and flavanones, and are what gives cauliflower, turnips, potatoes, and onions their white colors.

6ec8d30130a6fb274871314533b5536b

(581)

on December 27, 2011
at 08:21 AM

Thanks, that's a good point. :D

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on January 16, 2012
at 11:08 PM

Mmmmm... the tasty white foods!

4
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on December 25, 2011
at 09:58 PM

White foods tend to be smarter and more law-abiding than dark brown foods. Yellow foods are even better.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on December 25, 2011
at 10:25 PM

you are going to hell...see ya there

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on April 15, 2012
at 08:43 PM

If people on this site followed it, we would die out...coconut products?!!

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on April 15, 2012
at 09:56 PM

That's just silly. Cauliflower anyone?

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5b5abb28f3cacf4f5a01497f2895d072

(238)

on April 15, 2012
at 08:34 PM

I have to say I don't think radishes or parsnips are that bad. Parsnips are pretty sweet but I don't eat a lot and radishes may be white inside but I don't think they're very starchy.

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on January 16, 2012
at 07:31 PM

pears and apples have white , whats your point?

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on January 16, 2012
at 07:29 PM

There are HUGE differences between 'white foods', ie, white rice/table sugar(sucrose) and things made with sucrose like white bread. Everything made with sugar(sucrose) has a carb profile of 50% FRUCTOSE and 50%glucose. Sucrose, white bread/bagels/etc have more in common with High Fructose Corn Syrup than with white rice or potato.

All you ever wanted to know about fructose metabolism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

White Rice and White Potato have very little sugar(ill get to it). White rice in fact has only 1/10th of one gram of sugar per cup. Imagine that. It does however have starch. And the starch is broken down by the human body into glucose. But notice, its not broken down into fructose.

There is a huge difference and if you are thinking about adding more 'carbs' into your diet, please do yourself the favor and add in carbs that enter the body as glucose and not fructose.

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