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Jason Padvorac
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I just read an interesting article suggesting that white rice could be a good thing: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/what-white-rice-better-than-brown/

I've always thought white rice was just like white flour - tasty but more or less going to kill you. Any thoughts on the claim that it's actually nutritious?
 
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Neat! Good to know... always a bummer to realize Ive assumed something like that as common sense and never given it a second thought!
A true child of corporate science, I am

I read a study a while back (I think *this* is it but Im at work and the page wont load)

It was mostly relevant to cultures that suffer widespread malnutrition with a dietary focus of white rice - leading to both malnutrition and obesity.
By cooking the rice in coconut oil and then immediately chilling it in the fridge, the carbs were drastically altered.

I personally don't do this cause I'm a waif and want all the carbs I can get, but its damn helpful for maintaining my dogs weight and cooking for certain health-nut guests
 
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I haven't read the link, but the Kempner rice diet studies are quite well known, and showed results inconsistent with modern dieting trends.
 
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White rice has almost no nutritional value, it is essentially empty calories. That said, it is IMHO healthier than brown rice, due to the anti-nutrients present in brown rice. A zero is better than a negative.

I love white rice, but only eat it maybe every month or two. I add tons of grass-fed butter when I do eat it.
 
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Jim Thomas wrote:White rice has almost no nutritional value, it is essentially empty calories. That said, it is IMHO healthier than brown rice, due to the anti-nutrients present in brown rice. A zero is better than a negative.

I love white rice, but only eat it maybe every month or two. I add tons of grass-fed butter when I do eat it.

The main point I hear in favour of white rice compared to other starches with empty calories is that the amino acids are the correct balance.
 
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