You’re trying to eat healthy. Great job. That means you’re probably opting for brown rice over white (or in some diets, ditching the rice altogether). But according to Maria Marlowe, nutritionist and author of the forthcoming book The Real Food Grocery Guide, there is one time eating white rice is A-OK: when you pair it with beans.
That’s because white rice is a refined carbohydrate, which typically causes an unhealthy blood sugar spike, followed by a crash. But when you add some beans or lentils to the mix, you lower the overall glycemic index of your meal, keeping your blood sugar stable and preventing you from feeling hungry an hour later.
Does that give you license to eat a Chipotle burrito every day? No. But white rice and beans once a week or so? Totally fine.