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Diabetes Risk Increased by White Rice and Reduced by Brown

Diabetes Risk Increased by White Rice and Reduced by Brown

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health completed a study in which they found eating five servings of white rice per week was associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Eating two or more servings of brown rice was associated with a lower risk of the disease. They also found replacing 50 grams of white rice with the same amount of brown rice, (one third of a daily serving) could reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 16%. Replacing the same amount of white rice with whole wheat or barley was associated with a 36% reduced risk.

Qi Sun was one of the lead researchers. She remarked about the study, “Rice consumption in the U.S. has dramatically increased in recent decades. We believe replacing white rice and other refined grains with whole grains, including brown rice, would help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.”

Fiber content, minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals, are found in higher amounts in brown rice. Also it often does not generate as large an increase in blood sugar levels after a meal, as does white rice.

Qi Sun and Frank Hu examined white and brown rice consumption in relation to type 2 diabetes risk in 157,463 women and 39,765 men. In their study they discovered brown rice consumption was not associated with ethnicity. The connection was to a health-conscious diet and lifestyle.

Hu said of their study, “From a public health point of view, whole grains, rather than refined carbohydrates, such as white rice, should be recommended as the primary source of carbohydrates for the U.S. population.”

Diabetes Insider reported that almost 70% of rice consumed in the U.S. and the UK is white rice.

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5:27PM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

Thank you !! Good to know ...

10:26AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

And brown rice tastes better too!

8:16AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:42PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Thanks.

10:47PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Good to know. Thanks.

6:21PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

wholegrain is the best!

2:30PM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

I grew up in a rice-eating culture, but at this point...I'm just not interested in something in which the arsenic levels aren't even regulated.

8:38AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Thank you for the info.

1:15PM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Thanks

1:34PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

White rice is refined carbs whereas brown rice is complex carb so yeah.. refined carbs get absorbed into the bloodstream faster.

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