How can I tell whether it would be safe to reintroduce rice into my diet? When I began Paleo I assumed it was off limits but some recent internet surfing produced results that some believe it to be a safe starch? What can I look for to see if it is indeed safe for me? Will eating it stand in the way of my long term weight/fitness/health goals?
The reason I'd be interested in reincorporating it is that it just adds another few meals to my repertoire.
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on May 23, 2013
at 07:20 PM
Some people believe that so-called "safe starches" are OK and even desirable. The term "safe starches" was coined by the Jaminets, authors of the Perfect Health Diet (PHD). It seems to work for certain people, especially those who have normal metabolisms and no insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, or diabetes, although the Jaminets say that it works for insulin resistance as well.
Do you handle fruits and starchy veggies OK???
You can certainly try to add rice in slowly and see how you do. If you get cravings that will not go away, GI problems or other physical problems that are more than transient, or gain a lot of weight, then "safe starches" are not for you.
If you already know you're insulin resistant, get a blood glucose meter and monitor your responses.
on May 23, 2013
at 07:19 PM
Rice is off-limits for by-the-book paleo. You are treading into "The Perfect Health Diet" territory by including rice, which is just fine - it's very close to paleo in ideology and execution.
White rice is the least interesting safe-starch - basically, rice just doesn't have a lot going on for it, good or bad. White rice is free from common irritants often found in the bran of the grain. Look at rice as a simple carb delivery vehicle - if you require "a lot" (for paleo-types) of carbs in your diet because you are very active, white rice can fit into a healthy diet. For example, I prefer to focus on starchy roots and tubers, but if I'm dining out at a ph??? restaurant, I'm probably going to eat the rice noodles, so long as they are 100% rice.
Summary: research The Perfect Health Diet (PHD), try get most of your dense carbs from roots and tubers, and consider adding rice in as well if you really want to, or if you want variety.