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Old 12-20-2005, 11:14 PM   #1
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white rice is it good for u

i eat that every day at work 3 days a week im asking cause a coworker told me white rice was not very healthy for you. and i thought it was okay for health type food

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Old 12-20-2005, 11:26 PM   #2
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I wouldnt say its "not very healthy". Brown rice is generally better though - slightly fewer calories, more fiber, less carbs. There are more vitamins and minerals in brown rice compared to white rice (naturally, enriched white rice may have more actually).

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Old 12-21-2005, 12:07 AM   #3
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Its not that bad, many worse things you can eat. The reason why people say white rice is bad is that it can be considered a "processed," or "refined" food.

The processing is that the natural bran component of the rice grain has been removed. This eliminates the natural fiber, various Vitamin Bs, and other nutrients that are good for you. The white rice folks will then spray vitamins and minerals back on the rice to try to put back the nutrition they removed in the first place.

They still miss some things, and the most glaring omission is the fiber.

Why take off the bran and attempt to make up for it with artificial vitamin addatives? Because the fiber contained in the bran coating on natural brown rice makes the texture slightly more chewey, and it also makes it take twice as long to cook, both considered negatives by the vast majority of rice consumers.

When you eat white rice, since the fiber for the most part removed, your system digests the grain very rapidly, breaking the rice starches down into glucose (sugar) much more rapidly than if you ate brown rice (the bran coating of fibers slows digestion down significantly).

Essentially, what you get with white rice is an influx of sugar in your bloodstream that is not mitigated by the natural slowing action of the bran fiber. This is why some consider white rice not terribly healthy.

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Old 12-21-2005, 01:04 AM   #4
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Nicely put Grady!

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Old 05-01-2011, 09:43 PM   #5
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I can't help but consider the Japanese people every time someone whines about how unhealthy white rice is...

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Old 05-02-2011, 12:24 AM   #6
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I can't help but consider the Japanese people every time someone whines about how unhealthy white rice is...
I've never understood this.

How the hell can asian cultures not be afflicted with skyrocketing weight and diabetes rates when 80% of their staple diet is white rice and bleached noodles?

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Old 05-02-2011, 01:02 AM   #7
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they eat less

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Old 05-02-2011, 01:32 AM   #8
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they eat less

No they don't.

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Old 05-02-2011, 02:44 AM   #9
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yea, most asians i know eat tons of white rice. lol goes well with General Tsao chicken. (I always get an extra order of rice on the side) haha

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Old 05-02-2011, 02:52 AM   #10
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No they don't.
Yes, they do. And it's easy to confirm: surveys of typical caloric intake in different nations are available for you to go read.

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