Is Rice Good For You?

Is Rice Good For You Is Rice Good For You?

We’re pretty much anti-grain (for the most part)

Ok, so as you know by now, we kind of fall into the ‘anti-grain’ lifestyle. This goes for most grains, most of the time, on most days. Occasionally, we’ll get asked the question about eating rice and we reply with the same answer “It depends on your body type and lifestyle.”

Although we don’t really recommend eating too much rice in the first place, some can actually handle it better than others.

So how about we take a deeper look into this whole ‘rice dilemma’ because there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding this topic.

Today we’re covering the great rice debate!

The first rice point

First off, the truth is that there are very harmful components within a single grain of rice. And what we’re about to say may shock you.

Whole-grain rice (you know…that “healthy stuff”) is actually NOT all it’s cracked up to be!

“WHAT! How is that possible guys?”

Well, let’s see here…

Whole rice is loaded with some major NO-NO’s – phyates, tripsin-inhibitors, and lectins to be a bit more specific – both white and brown rice (even if organic) can present some notable health issues, but that’s not to say you can’t ever eat it.

As you will soon see, there are some notable factors to weigh here…

It goes kinda like this – brown rice poses more of a toxic threat, while white rice poses more of a blood sugar risk, and both are obviously not all that crackin’

First off, whole grains are what we like to call ‘Mineral Robbers.’

Yup, they’re filthy little crooks!

In other words, they have the ability to take away from the body – not cool dude!

Sorry to say, but our ‘ohhhh-so-friendly’ health agencies have forgotten to, in a sense, let us in on this data!

Yes, some rice selections may present a few good qualities, but the bad outweighs the good here. It’s like a scale that is constantly off-balance. We’re also not too crazy of white rice because it can really pack on the pounds for some people.

Those in danger of developing conditions such as diabetes should be more aware of their starchy-carb intake, and that’s simply scientific fact…

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So what else is there?

Well, let’s see…whole rice is also an enzyme inhibitor, and for those who don’t know, this can really affect one’s ability to digest proteins within the body – a slippery-slope definitely worth discussing.

The nutrition of white rice

The simple way to explain this topic is to say that “white rice is a whole bunch of nothing!”

It’s a stripped, starch-ridden food with little to almost NO benefit for some people.

Remember, white rice can really raise blood sugar levels, and for those who can’t handle it, this can be a real bad thing…obviously.

White rice is basically a starch powerhouse food that can ‘offset’ one’s blood sugar, and that’s pretty much what we’re driving at here. And with diabetes being a HUGE problem in our Western world, foods high in starch should most definitely be avoided – at least that’s our take on it…

Some people need rice

Now this doesn’t include everybody, for the simple fact that many societies use rice as a staple food source (as seen in many poor countries).

As we all know, world hunger is a major problem and eating cheap foods (like rice) can help keep millions of people alive – a very good thing! So we’re not saying that the less fortunate should avoid these foods, because they need such items to survive – simple as that.

Now, us FAT westerners who are addicted to sugar, refined grains, and Dr. Pepper, surely do not need the extra blood sugar push, and that’s the truth.

Do you see what we’re driving at here?

Americans are fat, and are definitely not starving (for the most part); therefore, our intake of such high-glycemic foods should most definitely be restricted.

It’s like this – our lifestyles are not equipped to deal with high-starch foods like other countries. We’re overweight and most definitely do NOT need the amount of carbohydrates that our government recommends.

It’s actually pretty simple to understand – we’re overloaded with starches and sugars and this trend is killing us!

Sugar is making us fat, not fat itself…

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The other thing to look at here is that some people can deal with this ‘high starch load’ better than others.

We know people who can literally eat Burger King everyday and still have the body of a Calvin Klein underwear model – SO JEALOUS OF THESE PEOPLE!

This just goes to show that this whole ‘rice debate’ really depends on one’s metabolic type as well; yet another reason to get assessed.

If you’re a person that can eat almost anything and feel pretty good, you can probably eat rice from time to time with little to no complications. But people like us, can eat rice and feel like crap for 3 days.

Weird, but true…

Now, this doesn’t mean that a ‘heavy rice habit’ will not catch up with one in his or her later years.

Constant rises (and drops) in blood sugar have been proven to be unhealthy. Also, not all people with diabetes are fat! Keep this in mind if you’re a heavy grain eater. Repetitively spiking these sugar levels will work against anyone’s body in some way, shape, or form – no doubt about it!

Everybody has their own way of reacting to foods, and that’s the truth.

So what have we learned here? Let’s recap:

  • Whole grain rice is loaded with good stuff and bad stuff. But the bad surely outweighs the good.
  • White rice is NOT loaded with the same dangers as whole grain but poses a different set of risks.
  • White rice can spike blood sugar, which is definitely bad for us Fat Americans!
  • White rice is NOT good for people that have insulin resistance.
  • We (Versatile Health) only recommend the consumption rice if your body can handle it. This can be found out by assessing your metabolic behavior.

That’s it for today.

Also, if you wish to take a quick look at an awesome resource we recommend, as well as how you can live a “grain free” lifestyle without feeling like you’re missing out on all the good stuff; definitely check out Primal Burn today! It will help you shake your rice habit no doubt!

We hope you got the rice information you were looking for. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to hit us up. We’re here for you always, anytime! Peace.

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17 Responses to “Is Rice Good For You?”

  1. jason #

    I read days ago that both forms of rice can be dangerous, this post confirms my suspicion. Thanks for the info. I’ll pass the word along.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm Reply
    • Joey & Chris #

      Thanks Jason

      December 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm Reply
    • Golflin Gortenats #

      I’ve been hding under my bed cowering about the dangers of rice. Thank god I found this site! Now I can live like a real man!!

      July 17, 2013 at 4:45 pm Reply
  2. Jorge #

    Great read. I’m right with you folks, rice is not the way to go for most people (since most people are sedentary, therefore absolutely no benefits to gain from rice). Also, with you on the point of white rice > whole grains, mainly because of the bran, and likelihood of having gut issues with bran (the whole oatmeal, bran, wheat sort of grains, have given me issues personally, so I avoid them).

    But for the small percentage of people who are highly active, and don’t have a great likelihood to regress to a sedentary lifestyle, rice can be accessed for its macronutrient profile (carbs).. but that’s about it.

    knowledge is power! keep up the good work.

    November 21, 2012 at 11:54 am Reply
    • Chris #

      Hey Jorge! Thanks for that great comment! You’re totally right on too. Rice can definitely be a tricky subject. Hope to see you around the site more my friend :)

      November 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm Reply
  3. Why are the Asians so thin when they eat many of the items you say are no good?

    January 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm Reply
    • Chris & Joey #

      Hey Ron great question! This is a tough one to answer, but we feel a lot of it has to do with the variety of foods most Asians eat. Traditional Asian cuisine can be very nutrient dense, and this does aid in their ability to keep slim. On top of that, they move more than us Westerners – very active for the most part. It goes pretty deep, so we suggest looking further into “The Asian Paradox” if you’d like to read up on such material. Maybe we’ll make a post on it soon :)

      January 15, 2013 at 8:20 am Reply
      • Kate #

        When I took a genetics course in college, we learned that Asian and other peoples who have relied on starches for thousands of years have evolutionarily developed ways of digesting starches exponentially faster than non-Asians. I would need to re-check a source on that to be absolutely sure, but my professor presented quite a few sources during that particular lecture. Non-Asians haven’t evolved to process starches in such an effective way, so consuming them on similar levels can be harmful.

        February 13, 2014 at 1:27 am Reply
    • they eat smaller portions and eat a ton more fibrous vegetables than the regular American does.

      April 21, 2013 at 11:40 pm Reply
    • most of them have to use their energy at works (farmlands or not work conditions with desks)

      April 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm Reply
  4. Great Read, from Sanas Foods.

    March 2, 2013 at 10:30 am Reply
    • Chris & Joey #

      Thanks Douglas!

      March 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm Reply
  5. its all about metabolism I think :þ.

    April 15, 2013 at 8:57 pm Reply
  6. Hi friends, for you to argue or debate! :) Eat rice is bad according to the scientific facts.

    April 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm Reply
  7. Then why are they making all the gluten free products out of rice. Maybe because rice is cheap. I have a sensitivity to rice and I'm glad I can't eat it anymore, but I'm also sensitive to wheat. Trying to find an occasional goodie is very difficult, due to the fact that they are usually made out of rice flour. I really thinK in many ways we have sold out people's lives and health for MONEY!

    May 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm Reply
  8. Then why are they making all the gluten free products out of rice. Maybe because rice is cheap. I have a sensitivity to rice and I'm glad I can't eat it anymore, but I'm also sensitive to wheat. Trying to find an occasional goodie is very difficult, due to the fact that they are usually made out of rice flour. I really thinK in many ways we have sold out people's lives and health for MONEY!

    May 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm Reply

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