How healthy is a Rice Based Diet?

It seems that Gluten Free Diets are ‘the hype’ in this day and age. I know 3 years ago, I had never even heard of gluten free diets. So why now? It is a great question that I get asked all the time. So I thought I would take time to address some of the theories behind this latest trend in health and diet. Apparently, we have only been eating wheat for the last 10,000 years, which is not very long and thus our genetic constitution may not be compatible for this diet. Furthermore, as wheat was introduced as a food source, it too became genetically modified to increase its gluten content. This makes breads, crusts and muffins fluffier. In addition, the American diet is much higher in wheat content than in other cultures, China for instance, whose main staple is rice and soy based foods. Finally, when looking at the symptoms or lack of symptoms, gluten intolerances and celiac disease mask itself in a variety of ways, that we are only now realize are strong indicators of gluten sensitivity. I have listed the symptoms many times in past articles and in my May 2010 Newsletter. The fact is that doctors and health practitioners are just now discovering that these symptoms may actually be very real and caused by gluten sensitivities and/or celiac disease. Before 2005, infertility, migraines, depression and IBS, had unknown causes and were left to the pharmaceutical company to ‘treat’ to alleviate pain and discomfort. It is only now that patients are investigating their prognosis and turning to answers by looking into their diets. I have always been a firm believer in ‘Food is Medicine’ and here is just another case where you are what you eat. As I have said in the past, if you have any unusual symptoms, check out your diet, get tested, resolve to not eat gluten and see if your symptoms disappear. For some, this may take time (see my September Newsletter for more information), but for other symptoms, you may notice changes right away. Living Stomachache free is the best thing that has ever happened to me. You can do it too! You really can.

Rice is a staple in our house. It is non-allergenic and it comes in many forms. Did you know that there is white rice, brown rice and black rice? In fact black rice is one of the best rice you can eat. Did you know that rice plural is rice? You learn so much from writing. Give it a try. You might like it, and it is naturally gluten free. In fact a 2 pound bag of Jasmine Rice is around $4 and has 20 servings. That is $0.20 a serving. NOT bad! Remember, the goal here is to go gluten free without spending an arm and a leg on groceries. I would say that rice definitely fits the bill. Anyway, here are the top 12 Favorite Rice Based Foods that we enjoy in our house. Enjoy!

1. 365 Brand Jasmine white rice
2. 365 Brand Short grain brown rice
3. Mothers Rice cakes
4. Food for Life Brown Rice tortillas
5. Westsoy Vanilla rice milk
6. Outside the Breadbox Brown rice bread
7. Brown Rice Snap crackers
8. General Mills Rice Chex cereal
9. Galaxy Nutritional Foods Vegan Rice cheese
10. Riceworks Rice chips
11. Annie Chuns MAIFUN Rice noodles
12. Rice Dream Non-Dairy frozen dessert

Sweet Brown Rice

Measure 1 ½ cups of sweet brown rice in a large pot.
Add 4 cups of water.
Add 1 Low Sodium Vegetable Bouillon cube.
Bring to a boil.
Simmer for 40 minutes.
Serving size: ½ cup cooked rice
Sprinkle with Coconut Aminos: Tastes like soy sauce but it is Soy Free AND Gluten Free and 60% less sodium!

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