Researchers from the Harvard University found than you can lower your diabetes risk by 16 percent by replacing white rice with brown rice (unrefined rice). Eating refined or white rice, on the other hand, increases your blood sugar levels.
The study conducted in the U.S. involved over 200,000 Americans. After other type 2 diabetes risk factors were excluded, it was found that eating 150 gram servings of white rice more than five times a week increased the risk of diabetes by 17 percent compared with people who ate just one serving of rice a month.
It is explained by the fact that brown rice is rich in dietary fiber. Milling of brown rice removes most of its fiber, resulting in higher blood glucose levels.
Brown rice is much healthier than white rice when it comes to its fiber content and nutrients, but its storage life is shorter. Bran of the rice grain contains the B vitamins, minerals, fiber and folic acid. It is also rich in potassium, zinc, cuprum and iodine. It has a mild nut flavor. Brown rice cooks longer than white rice, about 25 minutes.
So white rice lovers should shift to brown rice and other whole grains. Researchers recommend those who like to eat lots of white rice to replace it with brown rice by thirds.
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