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May242012

White Rice and Type 2 Diabetes

White rice can increase diabetes riskWhite rice is positioned high on the glycemic index, which ranks carbohydrates on the basis of how rapidly they affect blood sugar. And now researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health have found that high intakes of white rice can elevate the risk of type 2 diabetes. The investigators looked at the results of four studies, (one performed in China, one in Japan, one in the U.S. and one in Australia) to postulate that the risk of developing diabetes goes up by 10 percent with each 5.5 ounce serving of white rice eaten daily, particularly among women. Since Asians eat more rice than westerners, the investigators concluded that they’re at a higher risk. While a considerable amount of additional research would be needed to confirm these findings, the Harvard team suggests eating whole grains instead of white rice to help lower diabetes risk and noted that brown rice contains more nutrients than white rice, including more fiber, magnesium and vitamins. It also ranks nine points lower on the glycemic index than white rice. The study was published online on March 15, 2012 on bmj.com. 

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Reader Comments (5)

This would seem to be common knowledge if you don't eat white carbs, but the question is why aren't Asian rice-eaters falling over in their tracks from diabetes and metabolic syndrome?

May 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersharon

Could you kindly confirm if the glycemic charts are correct when they indicate that UNCLE BEN'S CONVERTED WHITE LONG GRAIN is lower on the chart than the white short grain. I tried brown rice and I do not find it to be a treat. I do not like mushy rice. Your input is greatly appreciated.

May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Further to my previous post here are the numbers I found on a glycemic chart, do you agree with them?

Long grain White Rice 56
Short grain White Rice 72
Uncle Ben's Converted 44

Your comments will be much appreciated. Thank you.

May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Thanks for sharing this great information! I will definitely share this.

May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLorii Abela

Its not white rice thats dangerous.since long time back we asian eating rice. What concerns me alot is the chemical peasants use in growing paddy. Those fertilizers,poison etc somehow chemically alter and create problem to health.i watched natgeo covered indian vultures extinct.it happened coz those bird ate buffalos carcass who eaten biochemical.

June 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershinta

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