Scientists have identified a new threat to people with diabetes, and that ingredient is white rice. They discovered that white rice can do even more damage than any sugary drink.
In order to reduce the risk of diabetes, all physicians and researchers are advising people to reduce the use of sugary drinks because obesity and sugary drink are the major causes of this disease.
However, Asians are more predisposed to diabetes than Caucasians, so people do not have to be obese to be at risk.
Starchy white rice can overload their bodies with blood sugar and heighten their risk of diabetes.
A meta- analysis of four major studies came up with some revelations.
- It showed that eating 1 plate of white rice on daily basis raised the risk of developing diabetes by 11% in the overall population.
- It showed that while Americans and Australians had 5 plates a week, Asians had 4 servings a day of cooked rice.
However, the scientists are not planning to ask people to stop eating rice, because rice is a very popular food all over the world. The solution or alternative would be to turn to healthier varieties of rice.
Long grain white rice is better than short grain when it comes to how it spikes blood sugar.
A rise in sugar levels can cause the pancreas to produce more insulin, and frequent spikes can lead to diabetes.
The scientists would also like people to try adding 20% of brown rice to their white rice. This amount is enough to reduce their risk of diabetes by 16%. The scientists also added that there is no need to fully replace what they now eat, just to increase the quantity of whole grain and brown rice.
Diabetes can further down cause kidney failure, blindness and amputations.
Diabetes expert Dr. Stanley Liew advised people to eat less rice and added that most junk food and sodas are just as bad and should be discouraged.