What's the verdict on rice as part of a healthy diet?
I'm playing Judo and lifting weights, plus jogging on the side this year. I'm (still) trying to add mass, so I've been eating a lot of chicken, lean beef, nuts, yogurt, etc.
Recently I bought myself a rice cooker because cooking rice in a pot sucks monkey scrotum. Rice cooker = absolutely perfect rice for no effort 100% of the time. I usually make myself a stirfry with lots of chicken or beef plus veggies - which always goes great with rice. I figure by adding an equal amount of rice to each bowl of stirfry, I almost halve my food expense - and rice is good for you, right?
That's my question: Is rice good for someone who is looking to add lean mass? I do enough exercise to burn all my fat (I have very little fat right now) so I'm trying to up my caloric intake. Is rice a good way to do this? It's cheap and easy and I love eating it, but I heard that it has questionable effects on one's midsection when it becomes a big item in a diet.
For reference I eat parboiled rice, which is nutritionally pretty much identical to white rice. I still can't get into brown rice, it's like eating dried **** that came from an alien's syphilitic ass.