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White rice on Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

I've been replacing my usual carb sources with sweet potatoes and chestnuts lately, and thought maybe it'd be good to add some white rice in as well, especially since I'm running. I know it's sort of a safe starch.

Anyone can share their experiences with eating moderate amounts of white rice (150g-200g/day) while Paleo?

/edit: I'm thinking about having 1/4 cup white rice DRY (~37g) for dinner, but it won't completely replace my other starches like sweet potatoes and chestnuts.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

1/2 cup cooked. I realize it's a pretty small amount.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 17, 2012
at 08:22 AM

Oh, so it is an issue of convenience. I think it is pretty safe for a healthy individual, but nutritionally white rice is just empty calories.

A90dfb3c8b984191d8102ccfc0203e90

on September 17, 2012
at 07:44 AM

Is that 1/2 cup cooked or dry?

A90dfb3c8b984191d8102ccfc0203e90

on September 17, 2012
at 07:44 AM

Just wanted some variety in. Since I live in Asia and I'm Asian and I'm exercising, it's more convenient and practical for me to have rice to get my carbs in when eating out than to search high and low for sweet potatoes or to forgo carbs completely and screw up my training.

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on September 17, 2012
at 02:51 AM

My body is ok with parsnips but my palate is not....well, except with a well-cooked pot roast...

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on September 17, 2012
at 02:47 AM

? Carbs can make you fat but they don't have to. The OP is using them to support exercise, not eating mass quantities, and the resulting increase in metabolism will more than offset the starch calories.

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on September 16, 2012
at 07:46 PM

If you ARE looking to lose weight, go ahead and add the white rice. I personally got down to 7% BF eating tons of the stuff, just dont mix it with fat.

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on September 16, 2012
at 04:06 PM

And it tastes great! I -always- use broth instead of water.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 16, 2012
at 02:19 PM

If you want rice, cook it in bone broth rather than water. That adds tons of nutrients to an otherwise empty food

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on September 16, 2012
at 04:06 PM

And it tastes great! I -always- use broth instead of water.

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9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on September 16, 2012
at 02:17 PM

I eat 100-200g (dry weight) of white rice PWO once or twice a week, and have been successfully shedding fat while doing so.

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on September 16, 2012
at 03:53 PM

That's a great serving. ~150g of cooked rice ~= 200 calories. Add in ~250g of ground beef ~= 400 cals. Get the rest of your calories from fat, as you see fit.

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on September 16, 2012
at 02:33 PM

I eat 1/2 cup of white rice a day. I have IBS and I find it helps with the consistency of things in that department. Now that I'm back at the gym I might increase it to maybe a cup. I find too much can be constipating but you can play around with the amount to see what works for you.

I don't find it's affected my weight - I'm still very slim.

A90dfb3c8b984191d8102ccfc0203e90

on September 17, 2012
at 07:44 AM

Is that 1/2 cup cooked or dry?

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

1/2 cup cooked. I realize it's a pretty small amount.

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9d741bcbe702044635f2ce3078043054

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on September 16, 2012
at 02:32 PM

I use white rice as "clean" carbs PWO. I've been successfully cutting the last bits of stubborn fat using moderate carbs and intermittent fasting. When I was VLC, I couldn't get the last couple percent of body fat to go away, and my workout gains slowed to a halt. Now I cycle between low and moderate carbs, synchronized with my workout schedule.

Long answer, but in looking for good carbs, rice and tubers rose to the top of the list.

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9c4ba98a3b480408bcf207f558fe659b

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on September 17, 2012
at 06:06 AM

Roughly half my calories come from white rice. I do not eat to excess and am lean.

I cook the rice in stock made solely from pig's feet, add a little oil and salt. Just about my favourite food.

Nothing bad to report. I lost weight (midsection) eating more rice and decreasing overall calories. I am not particularly active apart from body-weight resistance exercises 5 times/week.

The other half of my diet is nutrient dense.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 16, 2012
at 06:21 PM

If you do not mind me asking - why rice? Are you getting tired of sweet potatoes and chestnuts? Have you tried pumpkin and squash as a replacement? Are you looking for cheap but safe alternatives?

If you love rice and cannot live without it - sure, why not. But both Okinawans and Kitavans use sweet potatoes and they are happy.

Yes, I know - the whole Asia is built on rice, even Okinawans, but you cannot get beriberi from eating too many sweet potatoes.

My body, which is SUPERSENSITIVE to foods, refuses rice. But it is okay with sweet potatoes, pumpkins and even parsnips. Not sure why - just sharing my body's reaction.

A90dfb3c8b984191d8102ccfc0203e90

on September 17, 2012
at 07:44 AM

Just wanted some variety in. Since I live in Asia and I'm Asian and I'm exercising, it's more convenient and practical for me to have rice to get my carbs in when eating out than to search high and low for sweet potatoes or to forgo carbs completely and screw up my training.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on September 17, 2012
at 02:51 AM

My body is ok with parsnips but my palate is not....well, except with a well-cooked pot roast...

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 17, 2012
at 08:22 AM

Oh, so it is an issue of convenience. I think it is pretty safe for a healthy individual, but nutritionally white rice is just empty calories.

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9fb615132bfea7d96977a21665e2ae5d

on September 16, 2012
at 02:17 PM

yes i eat it now and again.. even tho i'm on a weight loss dealio, i don't feel 'that' bad about eating white rice. it's more about what you eat with it i think, as long as it's not a carrier for unhealthy fats and or sugar then don't feel too bad about it.. marks daily apple did a bit on it.. called 'the asian paradox', that could be helpful for you. :)

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on September 16, 2012
at 01:42 PM

If you aren't looking to lose weight, sure go ahead and have the rice.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on September 16, 2012
at 07:46 PM

If you ARE looking to lose weight, go ahead and add the white rice. I personally got down to 7% BF eating tons of the stuff, just dont mix it with fat.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on September 17, 2012
at 02:47 AM

? Carbs can make you fat but they don't have to. The OP is using them to support exercise, not eating mass quantities, and the resulting increase in metabolism will more than offset the starch calories.

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