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ANARIE Posts: 13,160
6/7/11 12:21 P

Eating raw rice isn't unhealthy in and of itself, but it could be a sign of a condition called pica. Pica is feeling compelled to eat things that aren't normally food. Raw rice is one of the common things people with pica eat. Sometimes pica is caused by a mineral deficiency-- the people in the previous poster's examples who said that they got anemia from eating raw rice are right about the relationship but they've got the order mixed up. They started eating raw rice because they already had anemia.

Pica can also be a form of OCD, but if it started after you started dieting, it's more likely that it's a deficiency of iron or one of the B vitamins. (If you're vegetarian or vegan, it's almost a sure thing that it's nutrition rather than OCD, because it's extremely hard to get B vitamins without animal products.)

See your doctor and tell him/her about the rice. Depending on where you live, the doctor might instantly say you need to be tested for anemia; if not, suggest it yourself.

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6/7/11 12:15 P

really?... A rice cooker costs like $10 at wal-mart...

DEBS1389 Posts: 256
6/7/11 11:47 A

It is the first time I'm hearing this, so i did a google search and came up with this:

Raw Rice

It's not unhealthy, but the rice will swell in your stomach. If you eat a large amount, you could certainly have discomfort. In extreme cases, your stomach could even burst. This has actually happened to people, mostly children.

Here is more advice and input
•If you soak the rice in warm water for a few hours, it will absorb the water and will not expand in the stomach.

•It's also probably not the best for your teeth.

•Actually, if you don't boil the rice, you will receive more nutrition. The only problem is the swelling of the rice inside your body. Don't eat too much!

•Also try soaking with lemon juice or vinegar or whey. this will decrease the anti-nutrients.

•If left out for more than 45 minutes, don't eat it or you'll get food poisoning.

•Yes, eating uncooked rice is bad for you. I've had an experience with eating uncooked rice and I guess I just got addicted to the taste. I kept eating it and eating it, until my blood level just dropped. To the point where I had to be hospitalized for anemia because of eating uncooked rice. They had to do a blood transfusion on me because I was really pale. Take it from someone with experience: Eating uncooked rice is very unhealthy. Trust me... you will slowly get sick.

•From my experience from eating dry rice yes, you do lose a lot of blood; something in the rice makes your menstruation longer. It just keeps making the blood flow out every time you eat dry rice.

•I ate a pound of dry rice once for a bet. I was a bit tipsy at the time, but it was okay - though I felt a bit funny in the morning. I guess something was going on in my tummy.

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6/7/11 11:43 A

I have got into the habit of eating raw rice. I am not sure if it is causing a damage to my health. I want to stop this habit but not helping at all.

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