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Should I eat Brown Rice daily?

Commented on March 18, 2014
Created March 15, 2014 at 11:25 PM

I know you cant eat any grains on the paleo diet including brown rice, but brown makes up the majority of my dinner (cuz im half asian and it's stereo typical for asian parents to cook rive every single ????????????in day) and if I don't eat it I just feel hungry throughout the night with an empty stomach. I did some research on brown rice and found that it contains no refined carbs so it wont slow down my metabolism, so is eating brown rice on a paleo diet ok?

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 18, 2014
at 09:29 PM

"Who the fuck cares what's paleo?" - Oh! I know this one! People on a site called "PaleoHacks" who follow the Paleo Diet lol.

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on March 18, 2014
at 09:12 PM

concept i follow is to stick with whole-everything - would you eat an egg with the shell? How about the chicken with all its feathers, skin & other parts? Point being that just because something is presented to you as it is in nature doesn't mean it is something you should eat that way. Wild animals make a kill and generally don't eat it all, they leave parts of the kill for other animals, birds, insects & bacteria to finish it off.

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on March 18, 2014
at 09:02 PM

If your goal is fat loss, then at the very least you should be counting calories. Your calories in vs calories out will tell you quite a bit about your health and how your metabolism is functioning. People will spend hours, days, months, years reading and arguing on the internet what foods are "healthy" and trying to find some magic perfect-health-weight-loss diet, but won't spend a few minutes a day tracking thier intake. Its asinine. Get lean while including as many foods as possible, and you would be surprised how much your health will improve. I wish you luck in your journey to health.

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on March 18, 2014
at 08:39 PM

@samc@primallyinspired

yeah good points both....that's why I don't bother with rice (or any grains for that matter). If I want / need extra carbs I go with root veggies.

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on March 18, 2014
at 08:02 PM

@Methodician

This is PH after all. And are not the basics of paleo intended as guidelines?

Is not paleo representative of the food input that humans evolved with?

After all, the closer one hews to paleo, the less likely on is to suffer the angst of a visit to Denny's? YMMV :)

nahhh donuts are now ok!

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on March 18, 2014
at 07:48 PM

I agree...unless he's an flabby rice eating couch potato and he's looking for a "paleo pass" to continue "bad behavior". You assume "a calorically appropriate diet", I see that as the exception in America rather than the rule. Differing points of view.

One thing that gave me a bit of concern.... if he doesn't eat his nightly rice ration he's hungry all night. :(

My cleaned up diet allows me to skip meals whenever. I'm never uncomfortably hungry. I could be wrong by uncomfortably hungry >> a person who cannot access their fat stores, which points to potential issues? cheers

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on March 18, 2014
at 07:37 PM

Nahhh I get so peeved at people talking about what is and isn't "paleo" I'm tempted to downvote this answer. Who the fuck cares what's paleo? Still, I'd avoid the brown rice and, for the most part, rice in general.

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on March 18, 2014
at 07:18 PM

But brown rice has a higher glycemic load than parboiled, and it has way more phytates, so who knows if your actually absorbing all of what's listed in the link.

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on March 18, 2014
at 06:51 PM

Rice, especially white rice, is not going to make you sick or fat when included in an healthy, caloriclly appropriate diet. Unless you have a specific allergy to rice, this is the case for folks of any health stature.

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on March 18, 2014
at 06:51 PM

Thank you for the welcome. However, I've been hanging around PH as well as many other health and nutrition forums for a very long time. The OP did not leave many variables, however, they mentioned they already consumed rice daily, so i see no reason to eliminate a non harmful starch like rice. It's not "paleo" as defined by dr. Cordain, but its perfectly healthy when consumed in the context of a non caloric excess intake.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on March 18, 2014
at 06:15 PM

Welcome to PH.

The OP was lacking pretty much any details about exercise, current physical condition & food intake other than the rice issues. The information contained in your answer makes perfect sense and is applicable.. depending on context / details of OP's situation.

But this is PH and grains are pretty much not paleo... yeah they (esp white rice) can be used as cheap fuel but for a LOT of people grains, refined or concentrated carbs can be problematic. There are better (from a health / lifestyle point of view) paleo carbs that can be eaten ....if needed for fuel.

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on March 18, 2014
at 01:31 PM

Probably not if you compared by weight instead of volume, skewed by cup measurements.

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on March 18, 2014
at 05:49 AM

Brown rice appears to win.. by quite a bit

http://www.rebeccablood.net/domestic/rice.html

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 17, 2014
at 07:22 PM

I used to be constantly hungry and starving, back when my diet consisted of daily rice and beans. For some reason rice is one of those foods that takes several pounds of it just to feel full. It's essentially useless starchy garbage. If the budget is an issue, it's better to get full on eggs, cabbage, canned fish, olive oil and other cheap staples which are both filling and paleo.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 17, 2014
at 07:14 PM

Haha! Nice :)

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on March 17, 2014
at 07:02 PM

Grains (ie rice) are not paleo. Will rice in small amounts kill you? No. Is rice the best fuel source? No. Is rice less bad than jelly donuts? Yes. The OP is looking for a "paleo pass" to eat 1/2 of his dinner in brown rice. How good or bad this is depends on his particulars.... which he did not fully reveal.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on March 17, 2014
at 06:55 PM

Grains are not paleo. Rice might be the least bad of the grains if you're just looking for calories to support energy expenditure but there are root veggies that can probably "fill th bill". On a nutrients per calorie basis there are lots of other foods that beat rice.

"A lot people in the paleo community avoid it because......" drum roll.... it ain't paleo.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 17, 2014
at 04:50 PM

You're exactly right. It's ridiculous you got down-voted though, in here of all places.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on March 17, 2014
at 04:40 PM

Lol, doesn't work on us atheists. :)

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on March 17, 2014
at 04:39 PM

Some people are just looking for validation.. "please say it's okay for me to cheat, waaaa" and they don't like the answer when it isn't "sure, go ahead."

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 17, 2014
at 04:15 PM

+1. Why do people hate on this answer? Is this still a Paleo website or what?

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on March 17, 2014
at 04:12 PM

I believe that the OP is looking for a "paleo blessing"

"brown makes up the majority of my dinner"

Also sounds like if he doesn't chow down on rice every night...he's too hungry to sleep. I would suggest not encouraging him to eat rice but to embrace a more paleo diet? One that doesn't make him feel starving if he fails to eat enough. :(

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 17, 2014
at 04:01 PM

+1. This should have been the accepted answer.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 17, 2014
at 03:58 PM

Shhhhhhh...be quiet, he could smite you for your insolence.

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on March 17, 2014
at 03:53 PM

Folks, it's like this, for money, and health, it really doesn't pay to gamble. Is that piece of cake or bagel delicious? Hell yeah. Is it worth risking your health to eat some inferior food that may or may not harm you when all you'll get is a couple of minutes of enjoyment? You decide. For me, I'd rather skip the rice if all I can get is brown, and I'll avoid the cake and bagel. I respect my body and hope to preserve its longevity. If you don't care about your health, don't bother asking us to approve of your bad choices. Cheat away and deal with the consequences.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on March 16, 2014
at 03:39 PM

White rice is not more nutritious than brown. Caveman myth.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 16, 2014
at 03:38 PM

*rimshot*

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on March 16, 2014
at 12:56 PM

trololo

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on March 16, 2014
at 06:18 AM

when ever i've travelled thru Asia, & also looking at what Asians eat in Australia, i've never noticed people favouring brown rice, it is always some type of white rice

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on March 16, 2014
at 12:01 AM

there you have it, the God has spoken

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on March 16, 2014
at 12:00 AM

Can't say that there is really anything wrong with brown rice. Its very starchy so it should help provide you with carbs for the day and it also is pretty rich in minerals and B-Vitamins. A lot of people in the paleo community avoid it because it has phytates but I wouldn't be too concerned about them unless you have some serious mineral deficiency. Even if you do, you can soak the brown rice overnight to try to remove some of the phytates.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on March 16, 2014
at 12:01 AM

there you have it, the God has spoken

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

(720)

on March 17, 2014
at 06:55 PM

Grains are not paleo. Rice might be the least bad of the grains if you're just looking for calories to support energy expenditure but there are root veggies that can probably "fill th bill". On a nutrients per calorie basis there are lots of other foods that beat rice.

"A lot people in the paleo community avoid it because......" drum roll.... it ain't paleo.

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on March 18, 2014
at 08:21 PM

only you can answer this for yourself. the comments are going to be different peoples' opinions; nothing is right or wrong.

in my opinion, if one chooses to eat rice, there are pros and cons to each. it might be true that rice isn't good for us, so the more refining we do the better. i concept i follow is to stick with whole-everything, which would be brown rice, ww pasta, etc. and i base this off the weston price picture that shows the rats fed white flour vs ww flour. the rat fed whole looks very healthy and had a good demeanor, the one fed white flour looked unhealthy and tried to bite the people conducting the experiements.

http://journeytoforever.org/farm_library/price/price15.html go all the way down to bottom, picture will freak you out

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on March 18, 2014
at 09:12 PM

concept i follow is to stick with whole-everything - would you eat an egg with the shell? How about the chicken with all its feathers, skin & other parts? Point being that just because something is presented to you as it is in nature doesn't mean it is something you should eat that way. Wild animals make a kill and generally don't eat it all, they leave parts of the kill for other animals, birds, insects & bacteria to finish it off.

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on March 18, 2014
at 03:52 PM

Please, please, i beg the masses. If you intend on handing out advice on nutrition and health, please at least have a basic understanding of terms and function. Refined or unrefined has nothing to do with complex or simple. White rice is still a complex carb. So is white flour. Do some research, learn your terms.

That being said, id choose white rice over brown. Brown has more nutrients, but many of them have low bioavailability. It also contains more anti nutirents as well as potentially having higher levels of aresenic, which is common in rice. So your net nutrient balance will actually be higher with white rice.

If you exercise regularly, which you should, and you eat in a caloric balance, or deficit, then i would not be concerned with adding starches, especially white rice, to your daily intake. Do yourself a favor, purchase a physiology book , and learn how the body works on a cellular level. When you understand this you will have a much better idea of how food works. Once you know how food works, you can then choose the best foods to meet those needs.

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on March 18, 2014
at 06:51 PM

Rice, especially white rice, is not going to make you sick or fat when included in an healthy, caloriclly appropriate diet. Unless you have a specific allergy to rice, this is the case for folks of any health stature.

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on March 18, 2014
at 06:51 PM

Thank you for the welcome. However, I've been hanging around PH as well as many other health and nutrition forums for a very long time. The OP did not leave many variables, however, they mentioned they already consumed rice daily, so i see no reason to eliminate a non harmful starch like rice. It's not "paleo" as defined by dr. Cordain, but its perfectly healthy when consumed in the context of a non caloric excess intake.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

(720)

on March 18, 2014
at 06:15 PM

Welcome to PH.

The OP was lacking pretty much any details about exercise, current physical condition & food intake other than the rice issues. The information contained in your answer makes perfect sense and is applicable.. depending on context / details of OP's situation.

But this is PH and grains are pretty much not paleo... yeah they (esp white rice) can be used as cheap fuel but for a LOT of people grains, refined or concentrated carbs can be problematic. There are better (from a health / lifestyle point of view) paleo carbs that can be eaten ....if needed for fuel.

Medium avatar

(0)

on March 18, 2014
at 09:02 PM

If your goal is fat loss, then at the very least you should be counting calories. Your calories in vs calories out will tell you quite a bit about your health and how your metabolism is functioning. People will spend hours, days, months, years reading and arguing on the internet what foods are "healthy" and trying to find some magic perfect-health-weight-loss diet, but won't spend a few minutes a day tracking thier intake. Its asinine. Get lean while including as many foods as possible, and you would be surprised how much your health will improve. I wish you luck in your journey to health.

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on March 18, 2014
at 01:45 AM

i eat pho 3-4 times a week, and that has white rice in whatever form it may come. im not asian, but i do get good energy from the rice, which i limit as my only starchy carb. I am active, i run, work out, etc so my body will burn this up easily. You are doing well by recognizing that is not a refined carb, but a complex carb. stay active and you shouldnt have a problem with it if your looking to maintain or lose weight. stay away from refined at all costs! its amazing to me how i can eat my entire paleo lunch and not feel completely full but im not super hungry. Compared to the last time i ate a donut, i felt extremely full and bloated. Those refined carbs are what make you feel full, tired, and ready for nap time. keep it complex and stay active.

Good lucK!

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on March 17, 2014
at 01:01 AM

How about a little variety? Rice one day, beans the next, potatoes, squash, roasted root vegetables, sweet potatoes, yams, you can even skip the rice next time in the rotation and go buckwheat or cornmeal. I am the first to say that you need the energy boost, but rice is pretty empty of nutrients compared to, say, squash.

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on March 16, 2014
at 08:44 PM

I agree with @PaleoGod

Though it isn't considered Paleo, I believe the point to any diet is simply eating healthy and doing what works for you- not just because it is something our ancestors did or did not eat, per se. I like to think of Paleo as a very awesome little guideline. If you don't feel bothered by brown rice, I think it offers quite a few benefits. Consider small portions and not necessarily making it your main dish. Also, working out or being active after you eat them would be a good idea too.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on March 17, 2014
at 04:12 PM

I believe that the OP is looking for a "paleo blessing"

"brown makes up the majority of my dinner"

Also sounds like if he doesn't chow down on rice every night...he's too hungry to sleep. I would suggest not encouraging him to eat rice but to embrace a more paleo diet? One that doesn't make him feel starving if he fails to eat enough. :(

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on March 16, 2014
at 07:21 PM

It is much better than most foods people eat. I used to have a small bit 3 times a day when I was just as healthy and felt as good. I am certanily not against brown rice. It is though not perhaps quite as natural as other foods I eat like meat, eggs, fish, veg and I don't have it at the moment.

If it were brown rice or sweets, junk go with the brown rice every day.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

(720)

on March 17, 2014
at 07:02 PM

Grains (ie rice) are not paleo. Will rice in small amounts kill you? No. Is rice the best fuel source? No. Is rice less bad than jelly donuts? Yes. The OP is looking for a "paleo pass" to eat 1/2 of his dinner in brown rice. How good or bad this is depends on his particulars.... which he did not fully reveal.

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on March 16, 2014
at 01:02 PM

You should have only once a year: on February 30th. If the day doesn't say February 30th, then you can't have brown rice that day.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on March 17, 2014
at 03:53 PM

Folks, it's like this, for money, and health, it really doesn't pay to gamble. Is that piece of cake or bagel delicious? Hell yeah. Is it worth risking your health to eat some inferior food that may or may not harm you when all you'll get is a couple of minutes of enjoyment? You decide. For me, I'd rather skip the rice if all I can get is brown, and I'll avoid the cake and bagel. I respect my body and hope to preserve its longevity. If you don't care about your health, don't bother asking us to approve of your bad choices. Cheat away and deal with the consequences.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 17, 2014
at 04:15 PM

+1. Why do people hate on this answer? Is this still a Paleo website or what?

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on March 16, 2014
at 05:33 AM

The question is what else do you eat? Being part Asian doesn't mean you are genetically created to subsist on rice. If I eat any rice I go for the parboiled unenriched variety. The act of parboiling pushed some of the nutrients into the grain and the outer husk comes off, leaving a more nutritious white rice.

So maybe you should be looking at filling your diet with satiating foods other than rice that don't leave you hungry.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 16, 2014
at 03:39 PM

White rice is not more nutritious than brown. Caveman myth.

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F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on March 16, 2014
at 04:37 AM

"I did some research on brown rice and found that it contains no refined carbs so it wont slow down my metabolism, so is eating brown rice on a paleo diet ok?"

Short Answer: No

Long Answer: Huh? Grains are not paleo. Rice is a grain. Rice is not paleo.

"brown (rice?) makes up the majority of my dinner" definitely not paleo

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on March 17, 2014
at 04:01 PM

+1. This should have been the accepted answer.

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on March 16, 2014
at 01:51 AM

Why do you have to have rice daily if you're half-Asian? I would assume you would only have to have it at most every other day…

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on March 16, 2014
at 12:56 PM

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