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White rice vs Brown rice/Cracked wheat

Answered on February 25, 2014
Created February 21, 2014 at 6:52 PM

White rice has higher GI than brown rice/cracked wheat and hence it causes less insulin spike.

But why paleo ppl believe that white rice is better than brown rice or cracked wheat?

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on February 22, 2014
at 12:22 AM

yeah, gotta love all these posts all over the fucking internet that start with "according to sisson, x food is not good for you *link*". who died and made sisson the fucking arbiter of what's healthy?

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on February 22, 2014
at 12:08 AM

Why would you avoid brown rice? Because Sisson says to?

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on February 21, 2014
at 10:25 PM

He also states, "I’m starting to think it’s not quite so bad as we sometimes portray it. Sure, rice is nutritionally bereft, but it’s not all that offensive when compared to other, more heavily fortified grains." and "It’s a cheat that almost isn’t, that neither necessitates eventual pangs of guilt nor causes – for most people – pangs of gastric distress." and "Rice is a grain, yes, but it’s not the same as wheat, barley, oats, or corn. Avoiding grains as a general rule is good for your health, and that goes for rice, but be realistic." In other words, it's pretty neutral.

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on February 21, 2014
at 10:01 PM

According to the article you referenced above, Mark doesn't seem to be too fond of white rice, he states:

"...Not many nutrients, pretty high in starchy carbs – eating white rice and nothing but will lead to nutritional deficiencies fast, but not because white rice is leeching nutrients from you. It’s simply a matter of displacement. White rice replaces other, more nutritious foods...."

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on February 25, 2014
at 01:06 PM

Health benefits of white rice:

  • White rice provide energy. Carbohydrates are the quickest source and white rice is rich in carbohydrates.
  • White rice contains important amino acids and when rice is served with a meat dish, the diet is fairly complete in terms of required muscle building amino acids.
  • White rice has mild diuretic properties and serves as a digestive aid and natural anti-inflammatory. The protein content is important for muscle development and preserving lean body mass.

Health benefits of brown rice:

  • Brown rice is the “unrefined” version of white rice.Brown rice is rich in selenium which reduces the risk for developing common illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and arthritis.
  • Brown rice is rich in Naturally-Occurring Oils. Naturally occurring oils are beneficial for the body as these healthful fats help normalize cholesterol levels.
  • The fiber content of brown rice keeps bowel function at it’s peak since it makes digestion that much easier.

Health benefits of Cracked Wheat:

  • The women who ate whole grains were also far less likely to have an increase in weight than those who ate refined grains.
  • Cracked Wheat and Breast Cancer Prevention - A diet rich in whole grains is high in fiber, a nutrient that offers significant protection against breast cancer.

[ EDIT by Matt 11: removed spam link from this and all of your posts. Seriously, f-off. ]

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on February 21, 2014
at 09:52 PM

Here's Mark Sisson's take: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/is-rice-unhealthy/#axzz2tzmUSukT This seems to pretty much line up with what I think. White rice is probably the most "healthful" non-paleo food out there. I would assume it does no damage as long as the rest of your diet is solid. I would avoid brown rice.

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on February 22, 2014
at 12:08 AM

Why would you avoid brown rice? Because Sisson says to?

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on February 21, 2014
at 10:01 PM

According to the article you referenced above, Mark doesn't seem to be too fond of white rice, he states:

"...Not many nutrients, pretty high in starchy carbs – eating white rice and nothing but will lead to nutritional deficiencies fast, but not because white rice is leeching nutrients from you. It’s simply a matter of displacement. White rice replaces other, more nutritious foods...."

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on February 21, 2014
at 07:21 PM

Some people believe that white rice is better because they claim that it has less anti-nutrients than brown rice. Nevertheless, none of those foods you mentioned (wheat or rice) are Paleo, as all of them are grains.

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on February 21, 2014
at 06:54 PM

I mean more insulin spike. Typo*

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