In this blog post we look at the research that suggests that there might be a possibility that white rice may increase your risk of diabetes. There is a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) which shows a link between consumption of white rice and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Study participants who ate between 3 to 4 servings of white rice each day experienced a 10 percent increase in their risk of developing the disease for each serving consumed, compared with those who ate only one or two servings each week.
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston evaluated data from four separate studies that varied in length from four to 22 years and included a total of 352,000 people, with 13,284 of the participants developing diabetes throughout the course of the study.
None of the participants had diabetes when the studies began, and research showed that a person’s likelihood of contracting Type 2 diabetes, which is linked closely with obesity, rose dramatically depending on the number of servings of white rice that were consumed each day.
The study shows a correlation between consuming starchy carbohydrates that are low in fiber and high on the glycemic index, which causes a sudden spike in blood sugar levels, and contracting the disease.
In addition, eating other white starchy carbohydrates, such as white bread, white pasta, and white potatoes, will likely have the same effect if eaten often enough.
To avoid this, you are advised to opt for whole grains more often than white carbs, which should be consumed in moderation. Since all starchy foods are believed to increase the risk for diabetes when consumed regularly, those who are at high risk for diabetes should aim to reduce the number of calories from this particular food source and increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables that are eaten each day.
The research showed a close link between instances of Type 2 diabetes and white rice consumption among participants regardless of their ethnicity or place of residence, but women were found to have a greater likelihood than men of suffering from the disease.
Keep in mind that genetics also play an important role in determining whether or not you are at a significant risk for being diagnosed with diabetes, but obesity is also an important factor. Thinking about your food choices and understanding the role that carbohydrates play in your diet is critical here and is something that should be considered carefully by everyone.