View Full Version : Is there a problem with rice?
11-30-2005, 04:29 AM
I'm brand new to raw foods, so forgive me if this has been discussed before. Is there a reason not to eat rice? If you "cook" it in the fridge it would still be raw, wouldn't it? I've tried using this technique with brown rice without success (anyone know why?), but white rice "cooks" perfectly in cold water in the fridge overnight.
11-30-2005, 04:50 AM
I would think that perhaps white rice would be considered denatured but I have definatly seen rice recepies somewhere and probably on this board.
11-30-2005, 07:15 AM
I'm not sure what you mean by "cooking" it in the fridge. You mean soaking/sprouting? For me, if I were to soak rice for sprouting, I'd do it on the counter as, it seems to me, the coldness of the refrigerator would stop the process.
As sport says, white rice is de-natured and there's nothing of value in it. Many I know have soaked and utilized wild-rice. I'm not much into it myself.
FYI, there is a search thingy at the top ~ it's the banana. Then again, maybe someone newer might have had some success w/ rice.
11-30-2005, 08:16 AM
beth I think to put it simply, most rice that is available for purchase has already been "cooked" (ie heated) before you get it. All white rice is also a processed food, removing bran, etc. Raw as I see it is unprocessed, unheated.
I understand that it is possible to buy truly raw wild rice (though not readily available). Most wild rice we see that has a brown tone to it has been toasted, true raw wild rice is more like a green color.
IMO the other reason to not eat white rice, is that it really is pretty vacant of nutrition, just a void starch, which is basically pretty close to eating sugar. Why eat empty calories when there are more nutrient dense options out there.
11-30-2005, 03:29 PM
Any rice that you soak and it does not sprout, is not a rice that you would want to include in a raw/living diet.
Certain types of brown rice are ok to eat. You can always perform a test. Just simply soak some rice and see if it sprouts. If it does, then you know you can keep buying more of that rice.
11-30-2005, 05:10 PM
Samuel, I don't know if it's true or not, but I read that sometimes the puffing up of rice after its been soaked can APPEAR to be sprouting, but just be a swelling, that in the case of the brownish black wild rice, it can look to be sprouting if you soak it, but not actually be sprouting, just the way it develops when soaked. Maybe some plain ole brown rices are more raw, but for me I'm not sure that if it appears to sprout that it's raw. Maybe if I sprouted it longer and it was really growing almost like a plant that would convince me.
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