The White Food Diet – Does It Work?

There are two different diets that may be called a white food diet: a diet that consists almost wholly of white foods, or a diet which eliminates white foods entirely. One preaches the values of brown rice and whole grain bread, while condemning foods such as cottage cheese, white rice, or anything containing white flour; the other promotes eating spaghetti and potatoes and the occasional glass of white wine. The question is: do either of these two white food diets work?

All White Foods

The all white foods diet never claims to be a weight loss diet. With fatty foods such as cheese, eggnog, and pasta with Alfredo sauce on the menu, the all white food diet is really more of a comfort diet than anything else, bolstering morale with white wine and other such treats. It “works” in the sense that many comfort foods are, in fact, white – but if you’re eating for pleasure, why limit yourself? If you prefer strawberry ice cream to vanilla, the all white “diet” looks fairly silly. Bottom line: don’t expect to lose any weight by only eating white foods.

No White Foods

While it’s true that brown rice is healthier than white, and whole grain bread is superior to Wonder Bread, the no white food diet is overly strict in that it eliminates healthy white foods, such as lean meats and oatmeal. You might also wrongly assume that anything that isn’t white makes for a good diet food, which simply isn’t the case when you’re contemplating a box of chocolates.

Both the all white food and the no white food diets fail in that they impose pointless limitations. The important thing when considering a diet is to judge food based on its nutritional content, and not on its color.


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  • pat

    People with kidney (about 15% of the U.S. population) are advised to eat a white diet rather than colorful foods. The colors in the foods are hard on the kidneys: Tomatoes, bell peppers, beets, etc.

  • Haneen

    Nutritional content of food can be told by its color, green foods typically contain iron, orange keratin, purple antioxidants, and the list goes on. I agree that limitations could be seen as arbitrary, yet cutting out refined white carbs doesn’t seem to be so. When someone consumes less refined flour, pasta, and sugars (the chocolates), they are bound to see a health change for the better rather than for the worst.