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For Those Who Love Rice March 15, 2006

Posted by Anton in Light Bulb Moments.


The human body was never meant to consume rice! You see, our genes have hardly changed in more than 30,000 years. However, our food choices and lifestyle have changed dramatically. The caveman would hardly recognize our food or way of life.

Caveman food was never cooked as fire was not yet tamed. Thus, he ate only those foods that he can eat without treatment with or by fire. He ate fruits, vegetables, fish (sushi anyone?), eggs, nuts and meat. Yes, even meat. You can even eat meat raw if you were starving in the forest. You have the necessary enzymes to digest meat.

However, rice – like wheat and corn – cannot be eaten raw. It must be cooked. Even if you were starving in the desert, you cannot eat rice in the raw form. This is because we do not have the system of enzymes to break rice down. We were never meant to eat rice. To make matters worse, we not only eat rice, but also make it the bulk of our food.

In some parts of Asia, rice forms up to 85% of the plate. Even if we take rice, let’s keep it to a minimum. Remember, it is only for our tongue… not our body. Actually, rice and other grains like wheat and corn are actually worse than sugar. There are many reasons:

Rice becomes sugar – lots of it!

This is a fact that no nutritionist can deny: rice is chemically no different form sugar. One bowl of cooked rice is the caloric equivalent of 10 teaspons of sugar. This does not matter whether the rice is white, brown or herbal rice.  Brown rice is richer in fibre, some B vitamins and minerals… but it is still the caloric equal of 10 teaspoons of sugar. To get the same 10 teaspoons of sugar, we need to consume lots of kangkong… 10 bowls of it.

Rice is digested to become sugar.

Rice can be digested only when it is thoroughly cooked. However, when thoroughly cooked, it becomes sugar and spikes circulating blood sugar within half an hour… almost as quickly as it would if we took a sugar candy. Rice is very low in the “rainbow of anti-oxidants”.

This complete anti-oxidant rainbow is necessary for the effective and safe utilisation of sugar. Fruits come with a sugar called fructose. However, they are not empty calories as the fruit is packed with a whole host of other nutrients that help its proper assimilation and digestion.

Rice has no fibre.

The fibre of the kangkong fills us up long before our blood sugar spikes. This is because the fibre bulks and fills up our stomach. Since white rice has no fibre, we end up eating lots of “calorie dense” food before we get filled up. Brown rice has more fibre but still contains the same amount of sugar.

Rice is tasteless.

Sugar is sweet. There is only so much that we can eat at one sitting. How many teaspoons of sugar can we eat before we feel like throwing up? Could you imagine eating 10 teaspoons of sugar in one seating?

Rice is always the main part of the meal.

While sugar may fill our dessert or sweeten our coffee, it will never be the main part of any meal. We could eat maybe two to three teaspoons of sugar at one meal. However, we could easily eat the equal value of two to three bowls (20 – 30 teaspoons) of sugar in one meal. I am always amused when I see someone eat sometimes five bowls of rice (equals 50 teaspoons of sugar) and then asks fo tea or coffee without sugar!

There is no real “built in” mechanism for us to prevent overeating of rice.

How much kangkong can we eat? How much fried chicken? How much steamed fish? Think about that! In one seating, we cannot take lots of chicken, fish or cucumber, but we can take lots of rice. Eating rice causes us to eat more salt.

two to three bowls (20 – 30 teaspoons) of sugar in one meal. I am always amused when I see someone eat sometimes five bowls of rice (equals 50 teaspoons of sugar) and then asks fo tea or coffee without sugar!

There is no real “built in” mechanism for us to prevent overeating of rice.

How much kangkong can we eat? How much fried chicken? How much steamed fish? Think about that! In one seating, we cannot take lots of chicken, fish or cucumber, but we can take lots of rice. Eating rice causes us to eat more salt.

As rice is tasteless, we tend to consume more salt… another villain when it comes to high blood pressure control. We tend to take more curry that has salt to help flavor the rice. We also tend to consume more ketchup and soy sauce which are also rich in salt.

Eating rice causes us to drink less water.

The more rice we eat, the less water we will drink as there is no mechanism to prevent the overeating of rice. Rice, wheat and corn come hidden in our daily food. As rice is tasteless, it tends to end up in other foods that serve as rice substitutes… like rice flour, noodles and bread. We tend to eat the hidden forms which still get digested into sugar. Rice, even when cooked, is difficult to digest.

Can’t eat raw rice? Try eating rice half cooked. Contrary to popular belief, rice is very difficult to digest. It is “heavy stuff”. If you have problems with digestion, try skipping rice for a few days. You will be amazed at how the problem will just go away.

Rice prevents the absorption of several vitamins and minerals.

Rice when taken in bulk will reduce the absorption of vital nutrients like zinc, iron and the B vitamins.

Are you a rice addict?

Going riceless may not be easy, but we can still go riceless. Eating less rice could be a lot easier than we think. Here are some strategies that we can pursue in our quest to eat less rice:

1. Eat less rice – Cut your rice by half. Barry Sears, author of the Zone Diet, advises “eating rice like spice”. Instead, increase your fruits & vegetables intake.

2. Take more lean meats and fish.

3. You can even take more eggs and nuts. Have “riceless” meals. Take no rice or wheat at say, breakfast. Go for eggs instead.

4. Go on “riceless” days – Go “western” once a week. Take no rice and breads for one day every week!  That can’t be too difficult. Appreciate the richness of your food. Go for taste, colors and smells. Make eating a culinary delight. Enjoy your food in the original flavors.

5. Avoid the salt shaker or ketchup. You will automatically eat less rice.

6. Eat your fruit dessert before (Yes! No printing error) your meals. The fibre-rch fruits will “bulk up” in your stomach. Thus, you will eat less rice and more fruits.


For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.   It says it is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed.
It will slow down the digestion. Once this “sludge” reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine!
Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer.
It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal. :)-



1. Neville - February 28, 2007

Hi, that advice about cold water is not right:

2. meenu vohra - March 29, 2007

can you discuss more about plus(if any) & cons of eating raw rice.
iam kind of addicted to it.

3. desiree - August 30, 2007

I am addicted to eating raw rice, I’ll eat an entire box of Kraft rice within two days. Can you explain the cons of eating raw rice? I love to eat rice, but learning that its bad will hopefully bring me to stop.

4. justin rizzo - December 19, 2007

what are you talking about?? I have been eating 1.5 pounds of dry rice per day for 12 years. I am a bodybuilder and also an endurance runner. I am in exceptional shape and health. If I did not eat rice it would be wheat or some other grain which does not do me well. How can I make up my daily calorie intake of 4000 calories or more a day without composing it mainly of starches?

milly - August 17, 2012

didnt eating that much of rice affect u somehow? dont worry im also a ricer muncher

5. rice eatter - March 10, 2008

yes. what ARE the cons of eatting raw rice?

6. lovesrice - May 28, 2008

i’d like to see what’s good about eating raw rice too please?
i, also, am kind of addicted to eating rice.

7. someone - July 23, 2008

Desiree – other sites suggest rice over-eating can be a medical condition called Pica. Apparently, a craving to eat clay is also an indicator.

8. Filia Sur - August 20, 2008

The author clearly prefers shit as his/her meal

9. Lucy Allen - October 2, 2009

Yeh me too im adicted to eating raw rice and smelling rice. I wat to stop but always say I will but something always triggers me.

I went to my GP and he said its called ‘Pica Disorder’ when you don’t have ‘vitamins’ ‘A’, ‘D’ or ‘E’. So your starts to crave for things that are ‘hard’ and ‘dense’ like ie. Raw Rice Grains, Paint, Rocks, Marble, Slate, Cement etc. But they have ‘pills’ for this which go around something like ‘Vitamin Consument’.
(Not sure but you will need GP prescription-They know what is right for you).

First, go check out with your ‘GP’ and they’ll ‘advice’ you. Some people
have different ‘issues’ with Rice etc. My one ‘maybe’ different to others. So I assure please go to ‘GP’ first before ‘taking things’ and ‘consuming medicines’ without prescription just for the benefit of your ‘health & Safety’.

Thank you.

10. Mike C - January 29, 2010

The whole “caveman” argument is built on false pretenses. First of all, humans were “meant” to be opportunistic omnivores. Our ability to consume just about anything we can get our hands has been a major factor in our success as a species. I would argue that there is nothing we were “meant” to eat. And furthermore, I somehow suspect that if early humans really never ate grains, then we wouldn’t have ever bothered trying to grow them in agriculture.

We can eat raw grains. I eat raw oatmeal all the time, rice and corn on occasion. I don’t kid myself that this is somehow healthier. I do it because it’s easy (and in the case of corn and oatmeal, tasty). Also, if you think cooked rice is tasteless then you possibly lack taste buds. Our ability to not eat too much rice comes from 1) Our functioning human brain that tells us how full we are and how much food we can eat. And 2) rice’s convenient ability to be quite filling (it does swell a bit in the stomach after all).

Rice can actually serve a valuable purpose in preventing us from overeating. Have you ever noticed how the same amount of meat provides more servings in a stir fry than if you cooked it whole? Part of that is psychological (eating several small pieces of meat seems like more than eating 1 bigger piece), but another part of that equation is that the rice is providing a filling feeling and is limiting your total intake.

Also, please don’t tell people they can eat raw meat. Having the enzymes isn’t the problem. We no longer possess the proper gut bacteria to handle it properly (unless you’re an Eskimo).

11. Doceave - May 27, 2010

Hi there rice addicts… My simple question which aims to determine whether raw rice is digester or not: Do you raw-rice-eater find raw, undigested rice in your stool?

I quite like eating the stuff too, but after some days I have not spotted any – any answers from those more experienced?

(Perhaps raw parboiled rice is digested?)

12. Anu-the riceeater - August 12, 2010

I too luv 2 eat rice… ever half and hour have have atleast 3 teaspoons of rice…. and am nt healthy too…. i will have 2 find a way to stop this….

13. agness - August 22, 2010

ooh I am so glad that I am not “alone” on this “rice eating issue”. Ooops I have been worried to death what worse could have happened to me as I have been eating rice for ages, I can easily say say for the past 20 years on and off, as whenener I try to stop for some months then I have a relaps. … and the more I stress in life my daily life, the more I eat it….. And I could not stop wondering what the worse thing could happened to me.

Thanks guys for sharing your stories……….. it made my life less weird!

14. sunrice - September 5, 2010

i love eating and smelling raw rice but i heard it’s harmful that it bloats your stomach up and causes blisters in the mouth. is it ok to soak the rice and then eat it?

15. Apple - September 15, 2010

To whom it may concern
I dont know anymore what to do like i’ve read there a lot of people whose also addicted eating raw rice.
just like me i can ate per day 1 kilo rice.i took every minute sometimes every hour 4cups of raw rice and boiled them in 2min.in the afternoon i rather to eat raw rice than lunch meal.I would like to stop
but i really can’t and now i have a problem in my knee and all of my body are aching is it possible that because of eating raw rice/raw rice boiled in 2min. are the caused of my pain now?my joints are also aching.I went to the doctor but he couldnt help me he just said that i need to control it.i’ve tried many times,it drives me crazy oh dear God i pray.whoever read this and maybe if u can find the way to help me PLS.HELP ME.I really dont know what to do.and thank you very much in advance

Marcel - October 23, 2010

You problem is inflamation and acidosis.

You need to stop eating rice or bread or any damn grain or cereal. They will leave you crippled. First thing you have to do is eat more greens like spinach, lettuce, kale. More raw vegetables, lots of them: broccoli, carrots, celery. Take oils: flax, sesame, olive, etc. and Eat good quality meat. This is your only way out. Drink lots of water.

hope that helps your inflammation.

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prani - April 20, 2011

i can understand ur problem even i am addicted to this habit but dont worry everything will be fine from last 3 months even i am trying to get rid then what i did is i consulted homeopathis doctor and belive me it really works . 1 more thing do a promise to ur self that u will not have it anymore when the erge come just through rice in washbasin.
i am telling u it will really help u

yuvanadevi - June 23, 2013

whenever you feel to eat raw rice, eat some dates this wil help u out to cut down this habit which is the best way i m following, as dates can gear up the hb levels and can make u to change from craving disorders this really helps me to live healthy and with high energy levels .

16. RO - September 27, 2011

eating raw rice is extremely harmful. it can cause ur stomach to burst. Rice reaches the stomach and absorbs any form of liquid & moisture thus causing your stomach to bloat (& eventually burst). it causes loss of stamina & reduces the blood in the body. Try & stop, its hard i know. I’m trying very hard to stop this habit, been drinking beet & carrot juice to make up for all the lost blood & nutrients.

17. Ryan - October 23, 2011

Can’t eat grains because they cause inflammation of the joints. Can’t eat meat because the fats take too long to digest and inflame the arteries, leading to heart disease. Can’t rely on other whole food items exclusively because we’d have to consume a whole @#$#load of them to get sufficient caloric intakes! We have to eat SOMETHING!!

18. drew - March 8, 2012

Hmmm, interesting reading, many different perspectives… I was just pondering the possible benefits that raw or undercooked rice might have to help cope with IBS-D !
Anyone care to weigh in on that ?

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