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Rice or Noodles?

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Created March 17, 2010 at 7:39 AM

I know that neither eating rice nor noodles is considered paleo but people want to or tend to cheat once in a while. Which one do you think is the lesser evil, rice or noodles?

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on December 15, 2010
at 09:05 AM

I seem to be able to eat white rice occasionally with no ill effect. Wheat on the other hand, leaves me bloated and achy.

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on December 15, 2010
at 08:58 AM

Yeah, go for potatoes with butter. Yum, and 'more' paleo than either rice or noodles.

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on December 13, 2010
at 09:20 PM

Soaking brown rice can remove phytic acid, if it is soaked for as long as 24 hours. http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/04/new-way-to-soak-brown-rice.html

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on December 13, 2010
at 09:17 PM

Potatoes > rice tho. An white rice > brown

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on December 13, 2010
at 08:56 PM

you've still got gluten, WGA, and a whole lot of other nasties. I will have white rice occasionally, but thats it.

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on September 30, 2010
at 08:58 AM

I will have to dig it up but I did read ( I think it was Dr Harris ) that Brown rice was worse than White rice - caused higher insulin levels)

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on September 29, 2010
at 11:46 PM

Brown rice has phytate, which effectively binds with minerals. Net nutrition is better with white rice.

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on September 29, 2010
at 03:24 AM

Upvoted, white rice is better than brown. Gluten is always bad.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on September 29, 2010
at 03:22 AM

White rice has virtually no lectins, brown still has a good bit...

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on March 20, 2010
at 07:34 AM

"Fifthed"!! and a vote :)

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on March 19, 2010
at 01:35 AM

Uhm...Fourth-ed!

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on March 19, 2010
at 12:52 AM

Thirded. Assuming we're talking about wheat noodles, this seems like a no-brainer to me. (That said, rice vs rice noodles or mung bean noodles seems like a tossup.)

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on March 19, 2010
at 12:25 AM

Ditto. Soaked rice would be my choice. Definitely avoid gluten grains like wheat, oats, barley and rye, if you want to keep your GI tract happy.

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on March 17, 2010
at 11:33 AM

Thanks for the tip on soaking the rice - Although when home alone I'm doing really well with holding to paleo, it's nice to know about some alternative options with rice in particular, as it's something I don't think I could give up 100% forever.

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B4efa74559ea877677261b61ec229592

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on March 19, 2010
at 12:22 AM

There's no gluten in rice. I'd choose mostly carbs over carbs plus gluten.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on March 19, 2010
at 01:35 AM

Uhm...Fourth-ed!

70d9359a2086e890a4c3bccb2ba8a8cb

(2254)

on March 20, 2010
at 07:34 AM

"Fifthed"!! and a vote :)

Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

(1137)

on March 19, 2010
at 12:25 AM

Ditto. Soaked rice would be my choice. Definitely avoid gluten grains like wheat, oats, barley and rye, if you want to keep your GI tract happy.

95ab15c8ef50ff0daf87ccbdd52cd3b8

(2384)

on March 19, 2010
at 12:52 AM

Thirded. Assuming we're talking about wheat noodles, this seems like a no-brainer to me. (That said, rice vs rice noodles or mung bean noodles seems like a tossup.)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 29, 2010
at 03:24 AM

Upvoted, white rice is better than brown. Gluten is always bad.

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on March 17, 2010
at 09:08 AM

I think it depends on:

a) How you prepare them: Rice should be soaked in an acid solution (lemon juice, kefir, vinegar or whey) for at least 7 hours prior to cooking and then simmered very gently for another couple of hours so that the grain is rendered easier to digest. This is practically impossible to do with noodles.

b) What type of rice you eat: Brown (whole) rice contains more nutrients (vitamin B and E and iron) than white rice and in light of the above point, fairs better when left to soak and simmer for long periods, I have never seen whole brown noodles, but I could be wrong.

c) The extrusion method used to mass-produce noodles denatures them when they are subjected to high temperatures, so I would avoid them.

So, go for whole brown rice once in a while, prepared and cooked properly.

78b9161a401f16b9611fe4e639b0b856

(200)

on March 17, 2010
at 11:33 AM

Thanks for the tip on soaking the rice - Although when home alone I'm doing really well with holding to paleo, it's nice to know about some alternative options with rice in particular, as it's something I don't think I could give up 100% forever.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 29, 2010
at 03:22 AM

White rice has virtually no lectins, brown still has a good bit...

Efc949694a31043bfce9ec86e8235cd7

(970)

on September 29, 2010
at 11:46 PM

Brown rice has phytate, which effectively binds with minerals. Net nutrition is better with white rice.

8287c6ddae0d78eae0a09fdd5999617c

(2581)

on December 13, 2010
at 09:20 PM

Soaking brown rice can remove phytic acid, if it is soaked for as long as 24 hours. http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/04/new-way-to-soak-brown-rice.html

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on September 29, 2010
at 02:41 AM

I think that the least evil is...spaghetti squash noodles!!

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on March 17, 2010
at 01:43 PM

Rice prepared as per Louisa is probably OK, but have you tried shirataki noodles?

They are a bit weird, but when you crave noodles they can fill in for you. They are of Japanese origin- here is a website to check out. They should be rinsed before eating since they have an odour.

http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/products/p/shiratakinoodle.htm

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8287c6ddae0d78eae0a09fdd5999617c

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on December 13, 2010
at 09:14 PM

You can sprout the rice by soaking it in water for 24 hours (or more, if you want). It will already ferment a little by then. Only brown rice sprouts though (that should be obvious). Sprouting the rice also increases the amino acid GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) which aside from benefiting the nervous system, also is beneficial in building muscle.

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on December 13, 2010
at 08:16 PM

How about Ezekiel (sprouted grain) pasta and bread?

02736efa3fda31740e8890eed0cb663d

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on December 15, 2010
at 09:05 AM

I seem to be able to eat white rice occasionally with no ill effect. Wheat on the other hand, leaves me bloated and achy.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on December 13, 2010
at 08:56 PM

you've still got gluten, WGA, and a whole lot of other nasties. I will have white rice occasionally, but thats it.

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on September 29, 2010
at 02:54 AM

The people who write on the Perfect Health Diet strongly defend eating rice over all other kinds of grains. Their position on starches in general is worth reading:

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?s=rice

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on December 13, 2010
at 09:17 PM

Potatoes > rice tho. An white rice > brown

02736efa3fda31740e8890eed0cb663d

(1813)

on December 15, 2010
at 08:58 AM

Yeah, go for potatoes with butter. Yum, and 'more' paleo than either rice or noodles.

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on March 19, 2010
at 02:44 AM

Worst case scenario, when the urge to eat something at midnight or later when I get out of work and am starving...a brown rice sushi roll. So I'd have to go with brown rice above white rice or pasta.

If a gun was to my head on rice in general versus pasta, I'd probably still go with rice.

286a4ff7c362241c5c4b020df4972212

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on September 30, 2010
at 08:58 AM

I will have to dig it up but I did read ( I think it was Dr Harris ) that Brown rice was worse than White rice - caused higher insulin levels)

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on March 19, 2010
at 12:30 AM

Rice or Rice Noodles make a great cheat! To me I typically eat under 50g of carbs per day, but I don't consider anything below 100-150 too bad, certainly not a cheat as I am very active.

So by avoiding gluten which I think is one of the primary Neolithic 'bad' foods, I just consider white rice/rice noodles a nutritionally deplete (compared to leafy vegetables!) form of carbs...

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