The Rice Diet is a lifestyle diet to improve blood pressure, weight, and kidney problems The diet is low-sodium and low-saturated fats including low-protein, with a focus on moderate portions and becoming a more mindful eater. A simplified daily guideline is 4 to 6 vegetables, 3 to 5 fruits, 6 to 11 starch, 1 to 2 dairy, and 1 to 3 ounces animal protein plus 0 to 4 tablespoons olive oil. A day's example could be breakfast of 1 starch, 1 nonfat dairy, and 1 fruit; lunch and dinner being 3 starches, 3 vegetables and 1 fruit.
The Rice Diet Program was founded in 1939 by Dr. Walter Kempner, who was at that time associated with Duke University. He initially treated many kidney and high blood-pressure patients using a nutrition plan based on rice and fruit. Dr. Kempner's practice and research then went on to further develop the diet and show its results in treating different health problems.
- The RICE Diet Report, Judy Moscovitz (1988)
- Heal Your Heart, The New Rice Diet Program, Kitty Gurkin Rosati (1996)
- The Rice Diet Cookbook, Kitty Gurkin Rosati (2007)
- The Rice Diet Program home page
- The Rice Diet Solution at WebMD
- Rice Diet description at everydiet.org
- Walter Kempner Papers and Records at Duke University Medical Center Archives (Kempner and his team devised the Rice Diet)