We don’t hesitate to change our style of cooking, embrace millets and even change the color of the rice we consume to stay healthy, but cannot give up on junks, sugary foods or even do basic exercises to stay healthy. Type 2 diabetes is present in almost 1 in 3 people in the world and more and more children are being affected by diabetes.
White rice is the result of removing the bran and germ portion of the brown rice and almost three-quarters of the people in India consume white rice. Researchers are taking steps to change this dangerous scenario and are studying the effects of brown rice and white rice on the health of a diabetes patient.
They conducted a study that showed the association between consuming white rice and diabetes and prepared questionnaires on diet, lifestyle and health conditions that were answered by individuals involved in the study every four years through the study period.
Correcting and setting the age and lifestyle factors, the research team found that individuals who consumed five or more servings of white rice a week were at a 17% increased risk of diabetes in comparison to those who ate less than one serving per month. Meanwhile, consuming two or more servings of brown rice every week reduced the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by 11% in comparison to eating less than one serving of brown rice per month. There are many other varieties of rice such as black, red and purple each having its own nutritional content which have been explained in detail at www.firsteatright.com.
Glycemic index of white rice is comparatively higher than brown rice due to the refining process that also results in loss of fiber, vitamin, magnesium and other nutrients that aid in defending against diabetes. This index measures how fast a specific food increases blood glucose levels and studies show that brown rice does not increase the blood glucose levels as much as white rice does after any meal.
Study also claims that people who eat maximum quantity of white rice were likelier to have a family history of diabetes. Eating brown rice has nothing to do with staple food but individuals do it because of health consciousness.
Even from a general health perspective, nutritionists/dietitians and health experts advocate the use of whole grains, instead of refined carbs such as rice, as the primary source of carbohydrates. This is because, refined grains are unhealthy not only for people with diabetes but can also increase the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease and other health problems.
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