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Diabetes risk from eating too much white rice, experts warn

16th June 2010

Researchers have suggested that swapping brown rice for white rice could significantly reduce an individual’s risk of developing diabetes.

The study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), which will appear in Archives of Internal Medicine, found that eating five or more servings of white rice per week was associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

In contrast, the researchers found eating two or more servings of brown rice per week was associated with a lower risk of the disease.

The behind the study estimated that replacing 50 grams of white rice (around one third of a typical daily serving) with the same amount of brown rice would lower risk of type 2 diabetes by 16 per cent.

Replacing the same amount of white rice with other whole grains, such as whole wheat and barley, was associated with a 36 per cent reduced risk.

Qi Sun, leader of the HSPH study, said this research is significant given the increased consumption of white rice in countries such as the US in recent years.

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