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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: brown rice cakes
Date: March 18, 2008 at 12:11 pm PST

In Reply to: brown rice cakes posted by Marcia on March 18, 2008 at 11:17 am:

Hi Marcia,

In general, I do not see anything wrong with them. I do think eating whole grain brown rice is much better for you, in regard to both calorie density and nutrient density.

The reason is, rice cakes come in at around 1750 calories per pound.

We tend to think of them as being lower in calories, because of their "puffiness" from the air, which gives them lots of volume, but they are actually high in calorie density.

The reason is, unlike food with a high water content, which really helps in lowering calorie density, a high air content does not. One reason is because air does not have a lot of weight. The second is because unlike water, the air doesn't really make to your stomach, as most of it gets "chewed out" in our mouth.

However, the best way to use them as like you are, and that is with foods that are much lower in calorie density, like fruits, veggies, salads, and soups.

In Health
Jeff

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