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Harvard researchers recently reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine that white rice poses a diabetes threat due to the hikes it causes in blood sugar.
In the study of 20,000 US residents, researchers annotated that those who consumed five or more 150g servings of white rice per week had a 17% increased risk of developing diabetes compared to those who consume less than one serving.
Dr. Qi Sun and other researchers believe that the mystery behind the food rests in its core composition. White rice has all of the bran and some of the germ removed during milling and in turn, gives rice a higher glycemic index (GI). GI is a tool utilized in gauging how much a food increases your blood sugar.
70% of white rice is consumed in developed nations, the main consumers being those located in the US and UK.
The study doesn’t suggest that all rice is bad, it actually states the opposite. Those who partake in 2 or more servings of brown rice a week reduce their risk of developing Type I Diabetes by 11%. Naturally, the key to minimizing the risks of developing Type II Diabetes is through a well-balanced diet, limited in fats and sugars and consisting of whole grains, fruits and vegetables.