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Diabetes: The Rice You Eat is Worse than Sugary Drinks

Rice, in one form or another, is one of the most important staple foods in the world and has been for possibly thousands of years. If you are trying to keep from developing diabetes, you may want to take a close look at the rice you are eating. A new meta-analysis showed that, “each plate of white rice eaten in a day – on a regular basis – raises the risk of diabetes by 11 per cent in the overall population.”

The research work claimed that rice is the most dangerous ingredient for the diabetic patient.

It is even worsted that the sugary drink and damages your body at high extent.

It is a common suggestion from physicians and researchers to the diabetic patient that they should cut off the sugary drinks from the diet. The sugary drinks are considered as the prime source of obesity and other health diseases.

Also, as compared to Caucasians, the Asians are more predisposed so they do not have to be obese to be at the high risk of health issues.

It is observed in the research that the consumption of starchy white rice increase the risk of high blood sugar level and can lead to diabetes.

Based on the four major studies on the diabetic patient a meta-analysis was conducted. Below are some results of the analysis.

A new meta-analysis reported on showed that, One- “each plate of white rice eaten in a day – on a regular basis – raises the risk of diabetes by 11 per cent in the overall population.”


Two, it showed that while Asians, like the Chinese, had four servings a day of cooked rice, Americans and Australians ate just five a week.

But Mr Zee does not plan to ask Singaporeans to stop eating rice, a popular feature of meals here. What he would like is to see more people turn to healthier varieties.

Long grain white rice is also better than short grain when it comes to how it spikes blood sugar – a rise in sugar levels causes the pancreas to produce more insulin, and frequent spikes can lead to diabetes.

He would also like people to try adding 20 per cent of brown rice to their white rice. This amount is enough to reduce their risk of diabetes by 16 per cent.”There is no need to fully replace what they now eat. Just increase the quantity of whole grain and brown rice.”

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said last month that this disease is already costing the country more than $1 billion a year. Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations in Singapore.

Dr Stanley Liew, a diabetes expert at Raffles Hospital, advised people to eat less rice. He added that most junk food and sodas are just as bad and should be discouraged.

Basically, the question now is if the modern diabetes epidemic in China and Japan has been linked to white rice consumption, how can we reconcile that with low diabetes rates just a few decades ago when they ate even more rice?

Watch the analysis in the video below:

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