Re: White rice
Ok, my only forms of grain carbs are usually white (refined) rice and corn. I tend to eat white & glutinous rices, sometimes wild & longrain and brown, and I usually consume Brown Rice GF Pasta. Otherwise, my only white carb is white potatos. Bear in mind I don't eat white rice 3x a day (like people do with bread) and lately haven't even been consuming it several times week. However, I still have 1% acne left and maybe it's because I still consume refined & processed foods 25% - 50% of the time, but WOW what it difference it made avoiding what foods I have!
Two things you'll hear about is avoiding refined & processed foods and eating more fiber as a means of improving health problems. If you are going to eliminate other refined foods, or (most) grains entirely, then you need to find other fiber sources. These sources should primarily come from Vegetables, some fruits, and whole grains.
So in this case, the healthy & correct way to do things is to consume more brown rice types than refined (bleached white) types, for nothing else than to avoid Fiber Supplementation. Not to mention brown rice (see how I encourage myself to do better) is far healthier for you regarding acne, diabetes, heart disease, etc, despite it's HIGH glycemic value.
I absolutely love this Cornell study [url]http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=A bstract&list_uids=8604665[/url]
If you have a choice, choose the brown rice, but if you don't have that control, you shouldn't fret about eating the white stuff. It's far healthier than eating whole wheat! If you ever get bored, as I'm getting to be, there are plenty of other varieties and I'm sure there's other whole grains rice that we'll love.
Now, there are many theories as to why White rice or Semi-refined rice would be healthier over other types of grains, such Gluten-ontaining or Wheat, and the above study is one example of the huge variance in the way our bodies process these grains and other carbohydrates. So while Whole Wheat has a low Glycemic Load/Index than Whole Grain Rice, Rice is still healthier. For those that are fretting about avoiding Dairy and Soy but still need a protein shake, try Brown Rice Protein Powder.
P.S. I know it is HARD, but once you get some free time, it's much more cost effective to always eat healthier by preparing your own meals. Once you start doing that and realize how much it really costs, Fast Food becomes a "treat" again and eating at a Resturant is for that once a year Birthday Dinner. Of course you are free to go more often, but it leeches a lot of your money, if you don't have "any" to begin with. These places are convenient, but depending on their ingredients & cooking methods, they aren't very healthy not to mention, they and other packaged foods, will cost a lot more than they should in the long run.
Last edited by SweetJade1; 07-01-2004 at 12:39 PM.