Watch Your Consumption of White Rice

Watch Your Consumption of White Rice

Researchers discovered strong link between Type 2 diabetes and white rice.

A new study has revealed that people who regular consume white rice may have a substantially increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health examined findings of four studies conducted throughout the world -- including two from United States and Japan, and found a strong link between Type 2 diabetes and white rice.

They also found that the more a person ate of white rice, the higher her risk of diabetes. In particular, the study showed that there is a 27 percent higher risk of developing diabetes among those who ate the greatest amounts of white rice.

White rice has a lower nutrient level than brown rice. It's not only lower in fiber, but it's lower in vitamins and magnesium too. These nutrients are believed to be associated with reducing a person's risk for developing diabetes. When a person chooses to eat rice regularly, they are reducing their opportunity to put more fiber in their diet.

In addition, white rice has a high score on the glycemic index, which is a measurement of how certain foods impact blood sugar levels. This is in part due to how white rice is processed.  In conjunction, with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle, regularly consuming white rice becomes more of a problem.

It's important to note that the study found a link between type 2 diabetes and white rice, but the researchers are not concluding that white rice causes diabetes.

The study was published in the British Medical Journal on March 15.

As always, speak with your physician should you have signs or symptoms of diabetes.