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If I'm going to eat rice, which is best?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 03, 2012 at 6:14 PM

I am planning to ultimately be grain-free, but in the mean time (as I try to drop a lot of weight) I am considering doing a few months on the perfect health diet. As I add a small amount of rice into my diet, what is best? Wild rice or brown rice? Or something else? Any info would be appreciated!

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on May 03, 2012
at 11:45 PM

Everything I've read says jasmine is much higher on the GI scale than basmati. But it's probably fine in a meal. I always eat mine with protein and at least 1T of a fat.

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on May 03, 2012
at 10:50 PM

So what? Whole wheat is a whole food too.

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on May 03, 2012
at 09:56 PM

I dig sushi rice. it's white rice, and it's sticky. It's fun to eat. easy to eat with chopsticks if that matters.

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on May 03, 2012
at 09:20 PM

I don't think that's a fair counterpoint - he quit whole grains, low fat dairy and low-fat diet, not just rice.

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on May 03, 2012
at 08:13 PM

Never thought of doing that. Doh!

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on May 03, 2012
at 08:08 PM

interesting counterpoint: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/quitting-rice/#axzz1tq5daHL2

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on May 03, 2012
at 07:48 PM

I eat white basamati,,for the same reason. I did pick up some white jasmine as well to try. I always eat rice with protein and/or broth.

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http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xndw20_in-search-of-perfection-s2e7-risotto_lifestyle Blumenthal visits some good rice farmers, you see the processing involved. Theres also good tips how to make best chicken stock with pressure cooker.

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on May 03, 2012
at 06:38 PM

Some good italian risotto rice are very carefully processed. Usually not even mixed with anything else than this specific risotto type rice. They age them somehow too.

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on May 03, 2012
at 07:08 PM

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xndw20_in-search-of-perfection-s2e7-risotto_lifestyle Blumenthal visits some good rice farmers, you see the processing involved. Theres also good tips how to make best chicken stock with pressure cooker.

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on May 03, 2012
at 06:34 PM

Wild rice or brown rice?

/me dons pedantry cap

Wild rice is not a true rice, and is a unique grain -- even the stems of the plant can be eaten. While it's still a grain (it is still a type of grass, like all grains), many lump it into the "pseudo-grain" category with quinoa and such, since more of the plant is edible than just the grains.

When I eat rice or wild rice (the only grains of which I eat seldomly), I prefer wild rice. It has a great, natural flavor. I can't speak to rice's flavor, since I'm not sure it has much of one. ;-)

Between white and brown rice, I tend to stick with the party line -- small amounts of white rice are OK. If I eat a sushi roll, for e.g., I'm not going to remove the rice inside. ;-)

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on May 03, 2012
at 06:29 PM

I eat white basmati rice. One, it smells great when it's cooking, and two, it's higher in amylose than amylopectin (thanks Alton Brown!) which means it's a little lower glycemic index wise than shorter grain rices.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on May 03, 2012
at 11:45 PM

Everything I've read says jasmine is much higher on the GI scale than basmati. But it's probably fine in a meal. I always eat mine with protein and at least 1T of a fat.

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on May 03, 2012
at 07:48 PM

I eat white basamati,,for the same reason. I did pick up some white jasmine as well to try. I always eat rice with protein and/or broth.

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on May 03, 2012
at 06:24 PM

White rice as it is hulled and has less antinutrients

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on May 03, 2012
at 07:57 PM

Brown rice as it is still a whole food.

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on May 03, 2012
at 10:50 PM

So what? Whole wheat is a whole food too.

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on May 03, 2012
at 06:50 PM

I'm in agreement with the wild rice or white rice as your best options. For an even better boost, cook the rice in bone broth instead of water. It tastes phenomenal.

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on May 03, 2012
at 08:13 PM

Never thought of doing that. Doh!

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on May 03, 2012
at 06:35 PM

We eat wild rice occasionally. It is more like a seed than a grain. You can find it at Whole Foods, or even a Trader Joes. When it is cooking, it smells like dirt, but tastes delicious : )

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on May 03, 2012
at 07:55 PM

If you are concerned about gut health and avoiding leaky/inflammation gut white rice is best. It is considered a "safe" grain.

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on May 03, 2012
at 07:24 PM

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on May 03, 2012
at 06:54 PM

Thanks everyone! Great info :)

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