Brown Rice or Other Whole Grains May Reduce Diabetes Risk

By Harvard School of Public Health

In a new study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found that eating five or more servings of white rice per week was associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. In contrast, eating two or more servings of brown rice per week was associated with a lower risk of the disease. The researchers estimated that replacing 50 grams of white rice (just one third of a typical daily serving) with the same amount of brown rice would lower risk of type 2 diabetes by 16%. The same replacement with other whole grains, such as whole wheat and barley, was associated with a 36% reduced risk.

The study is the first to specifically examine white rice and brown rice in relation to diabetes risk among Americans, said Qi Sun, who did the research while at HSPH and is now an instructor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “Rice consumption in the U.S. has dramatically increased in recent decades. We believe replacing white rice and other refined grains with whole grains, including brown rice, would help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes,” said Sun.

The study appears online June 14, 2010, on the website of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

Brown rice is superior to white rice when it comes to fiber content, minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals, and it often does not generate as large an increase in blood sugar levels after a meal. Milling and polishing brown rice removes most vitamins and minerals. In addition, milling strips away most of its fiber, which helps deter diabetes by slowing the rush of sugar (glucose) into the bloodstream.

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5 responses to “Brown Rice or Other Whole Grains May Reduce Diabetes Risk

  1. amicus curiae

    doncha love the constant money wasting research?
    its been know for years white rice increases diabetes risk!
    I stopped adding white rice to my dogs cooked foods years ago when I found out.
    I use pearl barley or pasta.just enough to thicken the meat.

  2. Waste: resources, time and effort are how this nation runs itself these days.

    Our leaders are simply mad as hatters. Nuts.

  3. as an asian-american, rice is a staple in my diet. i try to eat brown rice as much as i can, especially in restaurants where brown rice is an option. very good article. thank you.

  4. amicus curiae

    Rady, i see your point;-)
    But I dont see the point in costly and replicated research.
    is there any food/nutrition page thats worth it name, that doesn’t make the refined white ..anything! and diabetes link?

    ah Unilever!!! and the NIH, funded it.
    so wait for the Unilever brands to start using this in media and magazines,
    funny how much “health Claims” some can make? yet codex bans so many natural ones.

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