18 Oct

Pass the rice please!

I’m a carbaholic, sure as they come.  Before I decided to clean up my diet I was guilty of indulging more than I should have on sugary bread-like treats.  Since I have given those up along with gluten and most dairy, rice has become one of my favorite staples (though I might eat too much of that too).

Whole grain brown rice is by far the best rice you can eat, as it retains its fiber since it hasn’t been de-hulled.  It offers B-vitamins, potassium, calcium and magnesium.  White rice tends to lose a lot of this nutrient density because it is de-hulled and the milling process strips the nutrients.

My all-time favorite rice is Lundberg’s Wild Blend.  It contains a blend of  five different varieties of rice, including whole grain brown rice and wild rice, so it has a nice variety of flavor.  There is a little sweetness with a little classic brown rice flavor, put a little butter on it and chow down!  If you don’t like the wild rice blend, they have many other single rice options or rice blends.


I tend to get bored eating the same thing repeatedly, so I still cook white rice with some meals.  Lundberg also makes a white Jasmine rice that is very tasty and highly aromatic that I integrate into our regular meals.

The other brand that I have really enjoyed is Amira and their traditional Indian Basmati Rice.  It has a a light flavor and texture and goes with most any dish.  They also make several other types including brown basmati, smoked basmati, natural basmati and Thai Jasmine.

Caution with rice consumption

As you may know, arsenic in rice has become an issue and many rice companies are producing rice with rather high amounts of arsenic.

Consumer Reports’ article from November 18, 2014 says;

“Our latest tests determined that the inorganic arsenic content of rice varies greatly depending on the type of rice and where it was grown. White basmati rice from California, India, and Pakistan, and sushi rice from the U.S. on average has half of the inorganic-arsenic amount of most other types of rice.”

This article has a very helpful chart that quantifies arsenic exposure in a variety of foods, as well as explaining how arsenic affects your health.  Read the article here.

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