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#1 Old 03-25-2008, 06:38 PM
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I read in an cookbook that grits (cream of rice, cream of buckwheat, millet grits or polenta...) are a processed food just like white rice. Is this true? I always thought they were just a ground up version of the grain.
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Cream of rice is white rice ground up. Polenta/grits is ground corn, like a coarse cornmeal. I don't know how processed you consider dried, ground corn.

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I never realized that cream of rice was WHITE rice. Is this true for all varieties, even brands like lundberg? It says it's made from brown rice, then again so is white rice. http://www.lundberg.com/products/cer...ce_cereal.aspx
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I read in an cookbook that grits (cream of rice, cream of buckwheat, millet grits or polenta...) are a processed food just like white rice. Is this true? I always thought they were just a ground up version of the grain.



I'm not sure I understand your question, but this might help.



White rice is milled to remove much or all of the pericarp from the grain's exterior. Hominy "grits", which are what many people refer to as grits, are corm kernels soaked in limewater until the pericarp is removed, then ground. They are both "processed" but most nutritionists would probably argue that grits are far more nutritious than plain corn because of a chemical process (nixtamalization) that takes place due to the introsuction of the lime. The same can't be said for white rice.
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Grits are made from Hominy corn. It is corn soaked in Lye. Green Olives are made the same way. (so is soap). I sort of tend to separate a method of manufacture 2000 years old from a recent "chemistry" experiment.
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Will grits wash out your insides, then, if they were processed using lye?

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Will grits wash out your insides, then, if they were processed using lye?



Your stomach contains sulfuric acid. You could eat a brick and have no ill effects.



In fact the funny thing is, It doesn't matter what source people get any of the molecules they need to live from, physically. Vegetables, animals, it doesn't matter. Mentally is a different matter.
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Your stomach contains sulfuric acid. You could eat a brick and have no ill effects.



In fact the funny thing is, It doesn't matter what source people get any of the molecules they need to live from, physically. Vegetables, animals, it doesn't matter. Mentally is a different matter.



It was a joke.

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It was a joke.

I got it. The is a dead giveaway.

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Grits are made from Hominy corn. It is corn soaked in Lye. Green Olives are made the same way. (so is soap). I sort of tend to separate a method of manufacture 2000 years old from a recent "chemistry" experiment.



I'm not sure what this means, either!



Hominy and grits have been around for thousands of years, as has nixtamalization with limestone (still in practice in much of the world). Commercial practices use refined slake lime these days for quality control, but it's the same process. Refined white rice has been around for quite a long time, too. What's the recent "chemistry" you're talking about?
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Well I wasn't refering to hominy grits, or whatever those are. I was more talking about cream of rice and cream of buckwheat, like hot cereals. I wasn't sure if those were processed. Here's the cereals in specific:

http://www.poconofoods.com/pocono_cream.htm

http://www.arrowheadmills.com/produc...=223&cat_id=57

The rice and shine says it was made from organic brown rice grits, which is why I'm confused on this entire processed statement.
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It was a joke.



I know. I was being a jerk.
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