March 15, 2012

White Rice shown to Raise Diabetes Risk

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Patients who ate the greatest amounts of rice had a 27% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who ate the least. Furthermore the risk was higher among Asian patients. The results of this study were published in BMJ.com

Rice has been a staple in the Asian diet for thousands of years. Modernized society cultivates a sedentary lifestyle. The combination of a diet high in rice consumption and a less active standard of living is a plausible explanation why Asian populations are experiencing a rise in diabetes.

A study consisting of over 350,000 patients, Asian and Western populations, was conducted throughout 22 years.The Asian population eats an average of four portions of rice per day while the Western population consumes less than five portions of rice per week.

In both populations, Asian and Western, researchers saw a stronger association among females to develop type 2 diabetes. In addition the study showed that the more white rice consumed, the higher the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Simply estimated, every serving of white rice increased the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 10%.

If you’re a diehard for rice – don’t throw in the towel just yet. Brown rice offers more nutritional value such as vitamins, fiber, and magnesium. If your choice in white rice has been black and white – compromise and go brown.

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