Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

White rice: the real culprit behind Asian diabetes 5/5 (2)


One bowl of white rice is worse than consuming a can of soft drink, according to research by the Harvard School of Public Health. 

One bowl of white rice is worse than a can of soft drink, according to research.

Watch your daily intake of white rice, it is more likely to cause diabetes than soft drinks.

The staple of local diets has been singled out by Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) as one of the biggest culprits behind diabetes.

According to The Straits Times, HPB chief executive Zee Yoong Kang identified short grain white rice as a primary concern as it causes sudden spikes in blood sugar that can lead to diabetes.

HPB also shared research from a meta-analysis of four major studies conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, which followed over 350,000 people, over a period of four to 20 years.

Harvard findings revealed that regular consumption of white rice raises the risk of diabetes by 11 per cent.

Apart from having an ethnic and genetic predisposition to diabetes, Asians are also at greater risk compared to Westerners, as they consume 5.6 times more white rice in a week on average.

One solution that HPB proposed is to consume an 8:2 ratio of white to brown rice, which can help cut diabetic risk by 16 per cent.

“There is no need to fully replace what they now eat. Just increase the quantity of whole grain and brown rice,” said Mr Zee.

Read The Straits Times for more information.

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