But rice is not paleo!
January 5, 2011
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You know what else is not paleo?
- Olive oil
- Going to work (good enough reason to go paleo eh?!)
- Condoms/Birth control pills
- The internet
You use all of these don’t you? Why? Because you have the ability to think. And because you have the ability to think you thought ‘I don’t live in the paleolithic era. This is 2011. I need these things to live normally and respectfully!’
Don’t just dump something because it isn’t technically paleo. Look into the nutritional content of the food and then decide if it’s a yay or nay for you. Once you do that, figure out the best way to cook it and the optimal situation to consume it.
- Does rice have any harmful anti-nutrients? Yes. Phytates, trypsin inhibitors and haemagglutinin.
- Does cooked white rice contain any of these anti-nutrients? No. All anti-nutrients are present in the bran/hull and removed during processing/cooking.
- What does white rice contain? Energy (calories), lots of carbs, minimal fiber and negligible micro-nutrients.
- How much energy/carbs? 1 cup of cooked rice provides ~ 200 calories and ~ 45 gms of carbs.
- What are these carbs? Starch with very little fiber (2% of carbs from fiber)
- What happens to starch in the body? It is converted to glucose almost instantly.
- What happens when these is a sudden rise in blood glucose? Insulin is released.
- Is this good or bad? Depends.
- When is starch in the body a bad thing? When the consumer is overweight or sedentary or when consumed in excess.
- Why is this a bad thing? Read this.
- When is starch in the body a good thing? Immediately after strenuous activity.
- Why is it a good thing? Because insulin helps shuttle nutrients into cells and if insulin is released immediately post strenuous activity it will nourish muscle cells with nutrients.
- So should I eat white rice? Depends on when you eat it and how much you eat.
- When should I eat it? Immediately after workout/strenuous activity/sport.
- How much should I eat? Depends on your body-weight and the activity. For most people 1 cup of cooked rice along with their heap of lean protein and vegetables helps immensely with recovery, glycogen repletion, leptin control and diet sustainability.
- How often can I eat rice? As often as you workout hard (which shouldn’t be more than 2-3 times a week. Remember smart training?)
And since I know many of you will ask me this…
- Isn’t wheat better than white rice? No.
- Why? Because wheat contains deadly gluten. Enough said.
Get your mind right. The concept of paleo eating is about learning from the millions of years of experience of the pre-historic man about what we, as omnivores, are meant to eat. It’s not a reenactment of how the paleolithic man lived.
If you insist though, be sure to buy your grass-fed meat from this guy. He’s got an angry face, but I hear he’s pretty funny.