Should I stop eating rice? Are carbs bad for me?

As a Naturopath, the confusion around the carb controversy is something I discuss with my clients on the daily. With low carb diets being the fad craze, many people are causing themselves health damage due to blanket theory science and half-truths. 

Many people do not even know what carbs are, and often mistake carbs and grains as the same thing. If you are to stop eating all carbohydrates. this means you're saying goodbye to all grains, legumes, nuts, dairy, sugar, fruits and even vegetables (I highly recommend NOT doing this). 

Although there are certain groups of people suffering from specific ailments that may benefit from a restricted carbohydrate intake, the majority of people actually benefit from adding carbohydrates in the form of grains, especially rice back into their diet! 

Benefits of Eating Rice

In human clinical trials, researchers have found that having rice at a meal increases satiety and feelings of fullness, said the study published online in the journal Food and Nutrition Sciences.

Rice is a whole grain that contains many important nutrients, vitamins and minerals that keep us healthy and happy.

"Adults who eat rice had more consistent diets. It showed higher amounts of potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fibre while eating less unhealthy fats and added sugars,"

Top 5 reasons to eat rice

1. Eating Rice Gives You Energy

Rice is a great source of carbohydrates, which are important for keeping body metabolism at healthy levels. When we eat, our digestive system uses enzymes to break down food consumed into energy, which is then used for various body functions. One of the major reasons why rice is a great source of energy is that it is made of complex carbohydrates., which take time to break down into simpler components inside our body which means they keep supplying energy level for longer periods of time than processed carbohydrates.

2. Rice Helps Maintain Blood Pressure

Stress, high blood pressure and cardiac arrest are common health issues in the world today. Millions of people are dying every year due to diseases caused by high blood pressure., which is why it is extremely important to maintain your blood pressure levels within a healthy range. Rice is naturally low in sodium and high in vitamins that promote rest and calmness. Consuming rice can lead to lower levels of stress and heart complications.

3. Eating Rice Helps With Weight Loss

Weight gain and obesity are two of the most common problems faced by people around the world. Healthy weight management is crucial in order to stay healthy and avoid complications in the future. Rice can be a great asset for people interested in losing weight as it is high in complex carbohydrates and fiber which means that it helps maintain a thriving body metabolism, burn more calories overall and assist in achieving your weight loss goals.

4. Eating Rice Improves Digestion

People often suffer from digestive issues and if ignored they can result in serious health issues in the long run. Rice has the properties to help improve your digestive system, promote healthy evacuation and balance gut bacteria. It can help remove harmful toxins from the body like uric acid which cause harm to our digestive process.
*Make sure to soak your rice in water for 12 hours before eating, to reduce phytic acid and make it more digestible. 

5. Rice is affordable and versatile

There are so many things you can do with rice, and at a low cost too; from burritos and curries to salads and soups to smoothie bowls and savory waffles. Yes, you read that right – you can make all sorts of delicious recipes using rice!

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So there you have it, rice is a staple food that you can feel good about eating again! I recommend pairing it with fresh veggies and herbs, and consuming approximately a fist sized portion at a time unless very active. 

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