According to the ‘average person’ trying to ‘eat healthier food’ … brown rice is better for you than white. Ah, no, it’s not. There is no difference between the two in terms of the effect on blood glucose, insulin, G.I or G.L … But there is a difference between them that makes brown rice useless for it’s vitamins, minerals, and fibre that everyone eats it for.
Did you know that brown rice, raw almonds, and other grains and legumes contain an acid that binds to minerals in the digestive tract, making them less available to the body? Phytic acid messes with your digestion, interferes with the breakdown of protein, and can cause bloating and cramps in your stomach. Some people don’t experience this problem, but that doesn’t mean the phytic acid isn’t doing anytthing. The only benefit is that it acts as an antioxidant, apparently. There’s only about 3.5g fibre per 100g raw brown rice, it’s seriously not worth eating for that tiny spec of fibre. Just eat green veggies or take a fibre supplement.
White rice doesn’t contain phytic acid, because it has the outer layer removed. It’s a great source of glucose – the body’s soul source of fuel! White rice is your friend. Long grain, short grain, jasmine, basmati, eat it all. Brown rice not only tastes horrible, it’s not doing anything good for you.
As for almonds, ditch the raw and opt for plain roasted, because phytic acid has been deactivated (or if you have a lot of time on your hands, soak raw almonds overnight to ‘deactivate’ the phytic acid).
The other thing I hear a lot of people say (new clients who were previously educated by their GP or uneducated PT), is that eggs are bad for you. This false out-dated information being dribbled down to people is just stupid. Stop throwing out the best part of the egg! Egg yolks contain all the nutrients, the whites are just protein (and not a great source by the way with only 3g per egg white!. Egg yolks are a great source of fat (you need unsaturated and saturated fat – this is not “bad fat”!), vitamin A, vitamin Bs, iron, calcium, folate, and selenium (packed with a lot more nutrients than brown rice). It’s often said, the egg is nature’s multivitamin! Eggs contain cholesterol, but this does not adversely affect blood cholesterol! Cholesterol in the diet doesn’t raise cholesterol in the blood. New dietary guidelines are finally being put up online about this. Many people fear the fat and cholesterol in eggs, which is in fact necessary for every process that occurs in your body! Also, fat does not make you fat. Sugar does… but that is a topic for another blog.
I’ve rambled on about eggs before… but it had to be said again. Eat more eggs, eat white rice, and while I’m at it eat more red meat!