White Rice Can Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

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A study reveals a type 2 diabetes risk.

A study at Harvard School of Public Health found an increased risk of type 2 diabetes if 5 or more servings of white rice is eaten a week.

Two or more servings of brown rice per week could lower the risk.

The study is the first to specifically look at white rice and brown, and its diabetes risk-Qi Sun, led the team. “Rice consumption in the U.S. has 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 d1abetes,” explained Sun. Brown rice is better than white rice in regard to fiber content, minerals and vitamins. It doesn’t increase blood sugar levels to the degree of white rice after a meal.

Scientists studied rice consumption and how it relates to type 2 diabetes risk in 157,463 women, and 39,765 men who participated in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, based Nurses’ Health Study I and II and Health Professionals Follow-up Study.