Choose Whole Grains Over White Rice to Lower Type 2 Risk
Underscoring the importance of avoiding refined grains, an analysis of seven studies involving a total of more than 350,000 people found that the more white rice a person ate, the greater his or her risk of developing type 2 diabetes, especially among Asians. Each daily serving of white rice was associated with an 11 percent increase in diabetes risk. Not only is the white stuff higher on the glycemic index (a measure of how foods affect blood glucose), but it's also stripped of most healthful fiber, vitamins, and nutrients, researchers say. Whole-grain substitutes for white rice include wild rice, barley, and bulgur.
Source: British Journal of Medicine, published online March 15, 2012