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I have been eating rice, eggs and bacon for breakfast to eliminate bread. Is rice an acceptable alternative?

Rice is an alternative to bread. In an exchange system or when a person is carbohydrate counting (as people with diabetes generally do), these two are interchangeable. There is nothing actually bad about either bread or rice. To get the best nutrient value from both these products would be to consume a product higher in fiber, such as whole grain rice or brown rice. Or if you eat bread, a whole grain variety. That way you get the benefits of more fiber. Fiber can help lower your cholesterol, it keeps you full and may help reduce you risks of certain cancers.

Keep in mind a healthy diet consists of a variety of foods from all food groups, concentrating on more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, with smaller amounts of protein and high-fat foods.

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