White Rice Increases Diabetes Risk – Duh!
Researchers from Harvard have ‘discovered’ that eating white rice can lead to increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes:
“We found that higher white rice consumption was associated with a significantly elevated risk of Type 2 diabetes. This association seems to be stronger for Asians than for Western populations.”
White rice is one of the highest foods on the glycemic index. It will contribute more to high blood sugar than sugar itself will. That’s right – white rice can spike your blood sugar more easily than pure sugar (because table sugar is half fructose).
Grains are Sugar Post-Digestion
All grains end up as sugar in the bloodstream after digestion – white rice is of course no exception.
Before too long we’re going to see similar research stating that refined wheat increases risk of diabetes. Both wheat and rice (and other grains) are turned into sugar in the digestive process.
Whole grains such as whole grain wheat and brown rice are definitely a lot better for you. The fiber found in whole grains help to protect against diabetes while the rest of the grain increases diabetes risk. To make an incredibly long story short, whole grains are definitely better than refined grains.
However, if you really want to help your body, I would recommend getting off the grain altogether. I occasionally indulge in grains here and there but eating grains isn’t necessary for survival.
On top of increasing our risk for diabetes, white rice (as a refined grain) is one of the worst offenders of all foods that can make us fat. Eating it regularly will get your body running on sugar and while it’s running on sugar, it will have a hard time burning fat.
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