Merri and I use quinoa instead of rice. This Quinoa Kitchari is one of my favorite meals. See a five minute recipe below (1).
Beans and rice are eaten almost everywhere in Latin America, but an Ecuador shaman Merri and I lived and studies with for years explained that rice is a fairly new food to the people of the Andes and that people with a large percentage of native American ancestors are not as genetically prepared to eat rice as are those from the Orient and Pacific coast. This can be a bit confusing as recent research shows that Native Americans living in the Amazon bare an unexpected genetic connection to indigenous people in Australasia. Plus Pacific coastal Americas were in touch with Asians for thousands of years.
However there are plenty of non confusing reasons to avoid eating rice.
Everydayhealth.com (2) explains that “Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that people who ate five or more servings of white rice a week increased their risk for developing type 2 diabetes, while people who replaced at least a third of their white-rice servings with brown rice lowered their risk by as much as 16 percent. The reason is that white rice has little fiber, especially compared with brown rice, and fiber can help keep blood sugar levels stable.”
David Blyweiss, M.D. thinks rice is even worse. He sent sent Merri a note aboutr why to avoid rice (which we do) totally(2): Merri, I notice a disturbing misconception when it comes to one, particular food. Many of my newer patients tend to think it’s a smart choice to mix with their vegetables or eat with their fish. And you may be under the same impression. But this food is anything but healthy
I’m talking about rice. Now, if you’re still eating this grain, I’ll bet you’ll be quick to point out that you don’t eat white rice. No sticky Chinese fare for you. Instead, it’s more likely that you choose what are viewed as healthier versions of this staple…brown rice, wild, basmati, long grain and so forth. I’m sorry to be the one to break the news to you, but there is no healthy form of rice. Not a single one. Rice is loaded with high levels of inorganic arsenic.
At the least if you are eating rice, consider cooking it in a new way described by John Douillard, DC at his lifespa.com site (4).
Dr. Douillard explains a new way to make the rice become a resistant (indigestible) starch, which resists the absorption of the starch or sugar from entering the bloodstream.
Most starches, including rice, are very digestible and quickly convert to glucose (sugar) in the blood. While most of the starch gets stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen, the excess glucose gets stored as fat and becomes a major contributor to obesity and a host of other health issues. Resistant starches (RS) pass through the small intestines undigested and become food for the good microbes in the large intestines, all the while reducing the risk of excess glucose lingering in the blood and supporting healthy colon cells. RS can also help with healthy elimination and natural fat-burning! Learn how to use the secret ingredient, coconut oil, at the link below.
He ends by saying: Rice is not the most nutrient-rich food, and overeating it may be disruptive to your blood sugar levels. There are many other options to use as a side dish to your meals. Look for fiber-rich, nutrient-rich foods, such as: quinoa, sweet potatoes, barley, leafy green vegetables, cauliflower, mushrooms, and squash.
High sugar levels can reduce cells in your pancreas to make insulin. This can lead to hardening of the blood vessels, kidney disease, strokes, heart attacks, vision loss or blindness, weakened immune system nerve damage and poor circulation to the legs and feet.
Keep your blood sugar levels close to normal to help prevent many of these complications.
The Diabetes Self Management website (5) says that: Research has suggested that consuming omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and fish oils may decrease insulin resistance in people with diabetes and may help protect against coronary heart disease. Other potential benefits of omega-3 fatty acids have also emerged from scientific studies, including the following:
- Diets high in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of heart attacks, stroke, macular degeneration, and certain types of cancer.
- Those who consume more fish appear to have lower rates of depression, and omega-3 supplements, when used in conjunction with conventional medical therapy, may be helpful in treating bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) and schizophrenia.
- Omega-3 supplements have been shown to improve symptoms of inflammatory diseases such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and inflammatory bowel disease.
(1) Quinoa recipe.