White rice, the staple food of several Asian countries, has been found to increase the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes mellitus is closely related with inappropriate dietary pattern and obesity. White rice is a kind of milled rice from which husk, bran and germ are removed. After milling, the rice is polished to extend the duration of storage and prevent spoilage.
A study published in the BMJ journal linked white rice consumption with diabetes. Researchers compared consumption pattern of Asian countries (China and Japan) and Western countries (U.S. and Australia). The risk of developing diabetes was significantly high in Asian countries where individuals had four servings of white rice daily. On the other hand, western nationals had less than five servings a week and did not develop type 2 diabetes.
White Rice and Diabetes
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