When you ditch the carbs to go keto, refined carbs like bread and pasta are off your menu. But what about rice? Is rice keto? What about the different types of rice? Many of us think of rice as a comforting side dish and a complement to stir-fries, meat and veggie bakes, and Asian-style dishes, and it can be hard to imagine a diet without it. Let’s look at the carb count of rice and if it’s suitable for a ketogenic lifestyle.
How Many Carbs Are in Rice?
One cup of cooked brown rice has around 46 grams of net carbohydrates. One cup of cooked, enriched short-grain white rice has around 53 grams.  Cooked wild rice has fewer carbs than brown and white rice, with around 32 grams of net carbs per cup. 
Brown rice is considered more nutritious than white rice, and contains more fiber, magnesium, and selenium, while white rice is made using processing that removes much of the fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Some variations of white rice are enriched with added nutrients.
Some people believe swapping white rice for brown rice is a better choice when it comes to health, blood sugar, and diabetes. It isn’t clear whether brown rice is a better choice. For example, several studies showed people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes who ate brown rice instead of white didn’t experience any improvements in controlling blood sugar levels. More research is necessary on the health effects of brown rice. 
Wild rice is not true rice but is the grain of four different grass species. Wild rice provides nutrients, antioxidants, a chewier texture, and a nuttier flavor.
Is Rice Keto?
Even with the different types of rice available, the answer is no; rice isn’t a keto-friendly food. Most keto dieters aim for a daily carbohydrate intake of fewer than 50 grams. Those following a therapeutic keto diet may have a lower daily intake of fewer than 20 grams.
One cup of cooked brown rice provides 46 grams of net carbs, which is too many carbs in one sitting to maintain ketosis. The more common white rice is even higher in carbs.
What about wild rice? What if you only consume half a cup or a quarter of a cup? Generally speaking, you’re unlikely to remain in ketosis if you frequently eat any type of rice, from Basmati to brown rice. The same goes for processed and refined rice flour products like cakes, crackers, puffed or popped rice, rice starch, and canned rice.