What Too Much White Rice Can Do to Your Health | Nutrition

What Too Much White Rice Can Do to Your Health | Nutrition


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A 2012 Harvard study explained that an additional daily serving of white rice increases risk of Type 2 diabetes by 10%, further establishing the fact that eating less white rice lowers risk of the disease. Scientists believe that the food’s high glycemic index score may have a direct influence at how the food increases risk of type2 diabetes. Glycemic index, or GI, is a measurement of how blood sugar levels quickly or slowly spike because of certain foods.

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The study also revealed that white rice lacks nutrients like magnesium and fibre, which brown rice has. However, the study also informed readers that white rice is not the only culprit that can increase risk of type 2 diabetes. A sedentary lifestyle and increase in food intake are mostly responsible for the increasing number of people suffering from type 2 diabetes nowadays.

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Researchers of the study also included refined carbohydrates such as sugar sweetened beverages, pastries, regular pasta, and white bread, as other foods that increases risk of type 2 diabetes. They suggest eating more whole grains instead.

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White rice consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes: meta-analysis and systematic review. https://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1454


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