Which is the Healthier Starch to Eat, RICE or POTATOES
I know they have nutritional differences, but when I go to a restaurant, which would be the healthier starch to order as part of my meal, Rice or Potatoes?
From what I understand Don, it really is a matter of what you combine it with that makes for the bad choices. For example, according to the "Fit For Life Diet", eating a baked potato with a steak is a bad combination because the body finds itself in a struggle. What is required to breakdown the steak in your digestive system counters what is needed to break down the baked potato so the food just languishes there relatively undigest for a while longer than it should. On the other hand, that same steak bodes well for the digestive system if you put it with Asparagus or Broccoli. I am sure the same probably holds true with rice. I have tried it and it works quite well. It is a nice way to diet without torturing yourself. ~WB
Rice for sure! If you have brown rice there's numerous nutritional benefits where as potatoes offer very little to none. Brown rice has fiber, protein, manganese, magnesium, niacin and vitamin B6, all very valuable in the diet. Potatoes with their skin on can be quite nutritious, but most places you go won't offer that option, and most people generally don't leave the skin on.
Interesting and informative answer from Wayne; I didn't know that either. My understanding is it depends on what you put in/on the potato (lots of butter, sour cream, milk, salt, bacon, cheese, no good) and how it's prepared (bake vs. fried vs. scalloped). The less you add of those ingredients the better. For rice, plain brown or wild is better for fiber. Rice with mixes and sauces are not good due to very high sodium content. I bet there's a hub on this somewhere :-)
Potatoes contain vitamin C and iron. With the skin on they have a lot of fiber. White rice is almost pure starch with not much other nutritional content, but brown rice has vitamins, minerals and fiber as someone else has already described. I think the problem is that a) most people prefer the less nutritious white rice to brown rice and, b) as others have said, we eat other things with both potatoes and rice and c) we have a tendency to eat both fried, especially potatoes. Best for nutrition would be a baked potato with the skin or boiled or steamed brown rice.
Potatoes. I live in a country in which rice is the main food. And we consider nothing nutritious (or less nutritious) in rice, it is our main source of energy that is full of carbohydrates.
Neither really, although if I would have to choose then I would say brown rice. Any starch that is white has been "bleached" and is unhealthy.
Probably about the same, but I don't think potatoes has arsenic in it...
Potatoes are extremely low calorie, however they almost always spike your blood sugar especially white potatoes.
Rice, white or brown is also low calorie, despite having almost twice as many per oz. as a potato. The difference being it's more stable on your blood sugar, thus you will have more stable energy and burn those calories off.
Rice by far, in my opinion. I am actually on a no starch, no bread, no sugar diet.
most people would probably say rice, but resent studies (as published in consumer report) show that rice can contain shockingly high level of both organic and inorganic arsenic so unless you know where the rice is coming from/which brands have the lowest levels of arsenic, i would stick with potatoes.
my motto is that there is no reason you can't enjoy the foods you love in moderation. so many people bash potatoes and they're honestly not bad for you. just don't eat a huge, massive bowl of them
You have to look at your ancestry and where they originated from. Many of us have changed our diets that do not reflect our natural make-up. A study was done that when English people go to asian countries they have a higher incidence of stomach cancer. I also know someone who passed away from the example given.
If you are from greece, a diet of fresh fish and salads are probably better for you.
For myself, I have removed much of the american diet i used to eat, pizza, cheese, breads. I love potatoes...I love fries. But have changed back to my an asian diet of rice and dark leafy veggies steamed, stir-fried and broiled. I eat few burgers. More edamame. I drink lots of hot water and water.
The results are: No bloating, dry skin, stomach gas or aches.
There is a book out called the China Study. It is not about China, it is about the foods we eat and are literally getting sick. We do not need to drink milk. Yet the american dairy association advertises it so heavily. Vitamin D can be derived from kale, sunshine, broccoli.
As far as potatoes versus rice, potatoes convert to starch sugars, brown rice has more fiber and takes longer to break down is less starchy. I enjoy white rice which for me, is native to my heritage. Good luck.
Most restaurants serve white, processed rice, which has very little nutritional value other than calories. In the same restaurant, if they serve potatoes, you should be able to order a baked potato. By eating the whole potato, skin and all, you get the vitamins and minerals contained in the potato flesh as well as in its skin.
well, since I am asian, RICE is definitely the choice. We can't just eat potatoes as the main source of our meal. We would still become hungry in 2hrs time. Rice could sustain hunger for at least4-5 hours.
I enjoy eating both, rice and potato. Boiled, steamed, and stir fry. I believe, they both have some health values. Rice won't make you 'obese', unless you are eating really large quanities of it in one sitting. Potatoes, depending on how it is prepared and what other foods you may have in mind to serve them with, may offer some different health benefits at that time. I think it depends on what you like to prepare and eat. Rice and Potato, both have starch. Rinse each off, after boilings, will cut down on some of the starch build up!
As a diabetic. I say neither. Or mix the potatoe with cauliflower. Eat half the amount you normally would. As for rice, I only eat basmati or wild rice. White is hell on my sugar levels.
I love to eat brown rice baked in the oven. Potatoes baked in the oven is also delicious. Never take the skins off, if baked.
It depends what kind of rice. If it is brown rice, then it will first because it has high protein, followed by potato, then starch. If it is white rice, potato will come first as the healthiest, next is the rice, then starch.
by ii3rittles 9 years ago
Is white rice a good staple in a diet?I personally love white rice with butter and salt, plain, with apple sauce.... I can go on and on. So is it a good staple in a diet? I'm changing my diet so I am eating healthier. No not diet as in I'm going on a said "way of eating" for a certain...
by Jplanet 12 years ago
Is it okay to occasionaly eat the skin of a baked potato?
by NiaG 11 years ago
Can you imagine not eating fried potatoes, french fries, loaded baked potato?
by Joan Whetzel 10 years ago
What is your favorite way for stuffing a baked potato?Some just like the usual butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, and chives. Others like barbecue, bacon and cheese, taco meat and queso... There's no wrong way. Is there a way to stuff baked potatoes that you enjoy more than others?
by agapsikap 10 years ago
How often do you eat rice?I'm just curious.
by Dreamer at heart 11 years ago
What do you like to use for a baked potato topping?
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