I know a good amount of paleo people accept white rice as a safe starch because it is purely that, a starch. What about cream of rice? I got it from the store and the only ingredient is granulated rice, so just from that it seems like it is fine. I need to gain some weight, so there's no need in worrying about unwanted weight gain or excess carbs or whatever. I can't eat more fat due to medical issues so I need to achieve weight gain through increased carbs since my protein is already at 1g/lb of lean body weight or body weight, just depends on how much I eat on a given day.
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on November 24, 2012
at 05:01 PM
The Jaminet's (who popularized the term safe starch) seem ok with it as an option:
(7) Another Perfect Health breakfast idea: Emily suggests cream of rice with cream, butter, and apricot applesauce.
Typically, white rice is considered "safe", because it's low in toxins. It doesn't have much for nutrients and normally viewed as an occasional food that's okay in an otherwise nutritious diet.
on November 10, 2012
at 06:28 AM
White rice may be relatively safe for most people. I'm using hedging/weasel words, because a recent Consumer Reports investigation found significant amounts of arsenic in every rice product they tested. Also, your reaction to even uncontaminated rice could differ from the statistically average reaction of a population. Moreover, if your carbohydrate metabolism is normal (e.g., not broken by too much sugar in your lifetime), your body's tendency towards homeostasis might "waste" the extra calories from starch through various metabolic "tricks," like futile cycling.
If you're very physically active, you might need more than 1g/lb. of LBM of protein, but not a whole lot, like 1.2g/lb of LBM.
Sorry I don't have more experience with trying to gain weight.
on December 08, 2012
at 08:47 PM
Based on what I've read, white rice is basically neutral, it's not really bad for you but is also not particularly good for you. I will eat white rice in a pinch (it's pretty much the only quick takeout carb option), but if you have the choice, why not make your carbs nutritious? Sweet potatoes are quick, easy, versatile, delicious, and packed with nutrients. Also plantains, or even bananas would be higher on my list than rice.