Eating White Rice Daily Increases Diabetes Risk, Study Shows

According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health people who eat a lot of white rice everyday have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The researchers at Harvard looked at 4 studies that were done on white rice consumption in China, Japan, U.S., and Australia. 352,000 people were analysed who did not have diabetes.

The researchers did follow ups of everyone which ranged from 4 to 22 years. 13,400 of them ended up with diabetes.  They found people who ate the most rice were 1.5 times more likley to develop diabetes than with the people who ate the least amount of rice.

“What’s more, for every 5.5 ounce serving of white rice – a large bowl – a person ate each day, the risk rose 10 percent”.

“In China people eat an average of four servings of white rice per day while those in Western countries eat fewer than five servings a week, the researchers said”.

Eating white rice and other starchy carbohydrates such as bread, pasta and potatoes causes insulin to rise and a sudden spike in blood sugar, this can make a person hungry again very quickly after eating.

Study author Dr. Qi Sun, a diabetes researcher at Harvard School of Public Health recommends that you limit white rice consumption of no more than 1-2 times per week.

It is also important to address not just one single food but consumption as a whole. It’s worth noting that the study does not say what else the participants ate in combination with the white rice.


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