10-Year Study: Eating White Rice Regularly Can Lead to Diabetes

by | Feb 9, 2021 | Nutrition

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A recent study found that a daily serving of white rice was associated with an 11 percent higher risk of diabetes.

A decade-long, 21-nation study just released reveals a link between diabetes and the consumption of white rice. The study concluded: “Higher consumption of white rice is associated with an increased risk of incident diabetes with the strongest association being observed in South Asia.”

The study’s conclusions are similar to those of a 2012 report compiled from medical records by the Harvard School of Public Health. It found that a daily serving of white rice was associated with an 11 percent higher risk of diabetes.

Rice starts off as a whole grain comprised of fibrous bran, germ and endosperm. But white rice has the bran and germ removed which strips away some of its nutritive content and leaves only the carbohydrate-rich endosperm. White rice has a longer shelf life and is preferred by many consumers, but removal of the fiber and bran has a very important and detrimental effect on blood sugar levels.

As explained in Understanding Carbohydrates guidebooks, whole grains are much preferred over processed grains. Why is this important to you and your family, and how do processed grains help fuel the so-called “diseases of civilization?”

Our Understanding Carbohydrates guidebooks can help you answer this question.

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