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rice - why?

Discussion in 'Nutrition & Supplements' started by digitalnebula, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. digitalnebula

    digitalnebula Plagiarist

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    I have many problems with rice.

    - it tastes like nothing
    - it has almost no nutrients
    - a cup has 170 calories (brown rice even more at almost 220)
    - the chinese use it as a "filler" at the end of meals when all of the good food is gone
    - if you want carbs....why not eat beans? (cup vs. cup beans have 4x more protein and 8x more fiber for only 50 more calories...not to mention they actually taste like something)
    - Edit: another alternative is red potatoes...similar protein and fiber but 25% less calories

    So, why does anyone eat rice? I just don't understand.

    I have always thought of rice as a total waste of calories....I would like to hear why it is not. Convince me. :D

    I love hearing other perspectives.
     
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  2. Robert2006

    Robert2006 Active Member

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    IIRC rice and beans combine to form a complete protein. There are other things that do this to.

    Rice is cheap.

    Rice is like potatoes in the fact that taste depends on what you do with it.
     
  3. chris mason

    chris mason Well-Known Member
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    Simply a source of carbs in my book. Athletes interested in performance need plenty of carbs and rice is an easy way to ingest them.
     
  4. digitalnebula

    digitalnebula Plagiarist

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    Thanks fellas! :tucool:

    Love getting perspectives on stuff like this.
     
  5. Jaer

    Jaer Well-Known Member

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    Yea, for those who need more calories, the fact that there are less caloric defense foods doesn't matter. But over-all I agree with you. I'm not a fan of rice as just plain rice.

    Not that I dislike it, cause what is there really to dislike. I just don't like it. It's like a bland neutral for me. A pile of rice on my plate...not very appealing.

    It is good at soaking up sauces, however, so with some chinese recipes or curries, it really bulks up the meal.

    Mexican rice, usually a good textual change from other things on the plate and it has a lot of seasoning.

    Mixing rice with beans and salsa, adding a little Mexican seasoning--delicious.

    Or even just tossing some chopped onions in while the rice is boiling, and some tomatoes and other seasonings in after it is pretty much done.

    Rice as is...not a fan. But it can be made in to so much more.

    Jaer
    discovered he liked rice after his wife found ways to doctor it up.
     
  6. petvan

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    I eat 80% paleo and rice is pretty much always out for me (are are refined sugars and white flower based stuff). I don't miss it,

    When I need rice, I food processor up a steamed cauliflower head. Being a veg, its less calorically dense, but so far I don't find it hurting me. Eat lots of sweet potatoes as a carb source.

    Pete
     
  7. vanderlinden

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    Rice is the cheapest source of carbs around.
    Almost nobody has digestive issues with rice, whereas many have trouble with beans and grains. It's very easy to meter out how much rice you are eating - you don't even need a scale. With a rice cooker it's one of the simplest things to cook. In a meal it goes with almost anything else.

    The downside is most rice grown outside of California now has unacceptable levels of arsenic, and rice from China and Taiwan has unacceptable levels of lead.
     
  8. Proctorjc

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    Serving rice plain isn't super tasty, I agree with Jaer. But I have found a topping for rice - I don't think I"ve seen it mentioned around here... Furikake: (Wikipedia's entry

    It might not be the healthiest... But it makes the rice tastier.
     

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