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How harmful is white rice for me?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM

white rice. With soy sauce. 1- Say I eat white rice with lots of soy sauce 3-4 times a week. Tell me what what sort of effects you think it would have, if any to my health from a grain/paleo perspective? I realize this question is fairly open to interpretation and not a great/well researched question but I am going to eat my rice and I want to be aware if this is something that is harmful. Downvote to oblivion if you feel the need.

I'm of a european background if that makes any difference.

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on December 16, 2012
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on December 09, 2012
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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on November 20, 2012
at 05:52 PM

Rice doesn't have much nutrition. http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/02/few-thoughts-on-minerals-milling-grains.html

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on November 20, 2012
at 02:14 AM

You didn't comment on the soy sauce KP.

5daf265b82d5a5bbb48ef3ae0d9117ae

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on September 25, 2012
at 11:02 AM

Yes your could reasonably argue that.

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on September 25, 2012
at 02:04 AM

Say goodbye to seafood and poultry if you want to avoid arsenic, then. It is a common contaminant that is not at all unique to rice.

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on September 25, 2012
at 02:03 AM

arsenic has also been found is lots of sea foods and poultry. Rice isn't exceptional in having it as a contaminant.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on September 24, 2012
at 09:03 PM

Couldn't you reasonably argue that, fed almost any food alone, one is likely to experience problems? Most of us don't eat that way. If one is replete with B vitamins from other sources, it's fine.

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on September 24, 2012
at 08:58 PM

It's an inarguable fact that 100% of people who eat rice with soy sauce die. It's true! Having said that, I still eat both, and am not willing to give up wheat/gluten-free tamari, given the small amounts of it I consume, and how wonderful and irreplaceable it's flavor is. (Coconut aminos = NO, god NO, never buy it--it might accidentally get in your mouth.)

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on September 24, 2012
at 07:37 PM

Coconut aminos I find are a good substitute for soy sauce in recipes, but man it sucks just plain on rice.

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

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on September 24, 2012
at 07:35 PM

I heard about that arsenic as well. But I haven't looked into that yet.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on September 24, 2012
at 06:43 PM

I'm not eatin soy (aside from the wheat that's in it) .... http://www.westonaprice.org/soy-alert/studies-showing-adverse-effects-of-soy

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on September 24, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Wasn't the levels detected like 100000x less than what you would actually need to poison yourself? It would take A LOT of rice to make that happen..

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on September 24, 2012
at 06:39 PM

Soy is not evil: http://examine.com/faq/is-soy-good-or-bad-for-me.html

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on September 24, 2012
at 06:35 PM

You must read labels. Some soy sauces contain wheat.

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on September 24, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Joy, some soy sauce is unpasteurized and okay for consumption, but not the run of the mill stuff

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on September 24, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Why the downvote?

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

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on September 24, 2012
at 06:08 PM

Yeah OK. Is soy in soy sauce bad for the same reasons as regular soy like hormones? I heard some types of soy like fermented could be OK for consumption, what would constitute fermented soy?

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on September 24, 2012
at 05:54 PM

I think the soy sauce (most likely made with GMO soy) is far worse for you than the rice, especially if you're at a health body weight.

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on September 24, 2012
at 06:35 PM

You must read labels. Some soy sauces contain wheat.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on September 24, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Joy, some soy sauce is unpasteurized and okay for consumption, but not the run of the mill stuff

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on September 24, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Why the downvote?

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on September 24, 2012
at 06:43 PM

I'm not eatin soy (aside from the wheat that's in it) .... http://www.westonaprice.org/soy-alert/studies-showing-adverse-effects-of-soy

785efa3950951957e65fa17efb25b078

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on September 24, 2012
at 06:39 PM

Soy is not evil: http://examine.com/faq/is-soy-good-or-bad-for-me.html

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on September 24, 2012
at 08:58 PM

It's an inarguable fact that 100% of people who eat rice with soy sauce die. It's true! Having said that, I still eat both, and am not willing to give up wheat/gluten-free tamari, given the small amounts of it I consume, and how wonderful and irreplaceable it's flavor is. (Coconut aminos = NO, god NO, never buy it--it might accidentally get in your mouth.)

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

(1368)

on September 24, 2012
at 06:08 PM

Yeah OK. Is soy in soy sauce bad for the same reasons as regular soy like hormones? I heard some types of soy like fermented could be OK for consumption, what would constitute fermented soy?

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on September 24, 2012
at 10:39 PM

White rice WILL kill you. If you grind it up with heroin and inject it, that is.

If you just eat some of it, occasionally, I doubt it will do anything. White rice is fairly hypoallergenic. The arsenic issue had to do with rice grown in the southeast US, if I recall correctly. And more foods than just rice have arsenic in them. And the miRNA issue was way overblown.

Foods should come with a dose-response label. It wouldn't have tables and charts though, just a quote: "Don't eat too much of anything, you dummy!"

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on November 20, 2012
at 05:52 PM

Rice doesn't have much nutrition. http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/02/few-thoughts-on-minerals-milling-grains.html

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on November 20, 2012
at 02:14 AM

You didn't comment on the soy sauce KP.

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on December 09, 2012
at 07:00 PM

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on December 16, 2012
at 05:03 AM

I'm not a groupie ShaBam. Just a fan frmTx.

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on September 24, 2012
at 09:53 PM

I consume basmati rice maybe 1 or 2 times per week, if that, with no ill effects. I've read that it has a medium glycemic index, but honestly I eat it because I think it's delicious. I don't crave bread or potatoes but I do enjoy eating basmati with my protein.

Choosing the Healthiest Rice with the Lowest Glycemic Index

For those who are interested (not that I'm trying lead you to the dark side) here is a link to a very simple, consistently good recipe:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Basmati-Rice-232006

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on September 24, 2012
at 06:19 PM

I used to say if you can tolerate white rice, go for it as long as you're getting plenty of other nutrient dense foods. However, recently heard about potentially high levels of arsenic in white rice. Might be worth considering:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/arsenic-rice-report-finds-worrisome-levels/story?id=17267872

Soy sauce, I'd definitely stay away from. Many say substituting with coconut aminos works well, but I've never tried it myself.

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on September 24, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Wasn't the levels detected like 100000x less than what you would actually need to poison yourself? It would take A LOT of rice to make that happen..

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on September 25, 2012
at 02:03 AM

arsenic has also been found is lots of sea foods and poultry. Rice isn't exceptional in having it as a contaminant.

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

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on September 24, 2012
at 07:37 PM

Coconut aminos I find are a good substitute for soy sauce in recipes, but man it sucks just plain on rice.

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

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on September 24, 2012
at 07:35 PM

I heard about that arsenic as well. But I haven't looked into that yet.

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on February 07, 2013
at 09:45 PM

I would not suggest using soy sauce, since it is a soy product, and there many reasons why soy isn't particularly good to consume. Aside from that, I do eat white rice. If you are overweight, I would not suggest it because of the carbs. However, if you are a healthy weight and are very active, it is not harmful. Unlike wheat, it does not contain gluten.

That being said, white rice is rather void of nutrients. There are more optimal starches out there like sweet potatoes, chestnuts, and bananas, so I would not suggest making rice your sole source of starch. I consume about 1/2 cup of rice every few days post-workout along with some type of protein. Other than that, if I am eating starch at meals, I eat more nutritional starches. If you are trying to build muscle, rice can be beneficial post workout.

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on September 24, 2012
at 11:13 PM

White rice is not a big deal. If you're insulin sensitive, have low body fat levels and can process carbs efficiently without a blood sugar crash, then eat it occasionally. I had some white rice in my fish stew today, which was delicious btw. Though i would tell you to avoid the gmo soysauce.

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on September 24, 2012
at 09:36 PM

I eat white rice when I feel like it, but it's a nutritional wasteland at best, so I'd rather eat sweet potato or even white potato. I think if I had a more physical job that burned tons of calories, I'd eat it as often as I liked, but since I have to limit my caloric intake, I'd rather eat nutritionally dense foods.

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on September 24, 2012
at 09:00 PM

Depends on how harmful you think inorganic arsenic is ...

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on September 25, 2012
at 02:04 AM

Say goodbye to seafood and poultry if you want to avoid arsenic, then. It is a common contaminant that is not at all unique to rice.

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5daf265b82d5a5bbb48ef3ae0d9117ae

on September 24, 2012
at 08:21 PM

If fed white rice alone, sailors would suffer from a condition called "Sailors Asthma", which was debilitating and lead to death.

White rice lacks the B vitamins required to digest and utilize the carbohydrate it contains, they are scrubbed off in the refining.

Some countries make adding artificial b vitamins compulsory, some don't. It is the same for breakfast cereals.

Personally I'd stay away from it unless it has the b vitamins added back in.

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on September 25, 2012
at 11:02 AM

Yes your could reasonably argue that.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on September 24, 2012
at 09:03 PM

Couldn't you reasonably argue that, fed almost any food alone, one is likely to experience problems? Most of us don't eat that way. If one is replete with B vitamins from other sources, it's fine.

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