`Brown rice reduces type 2 diabetes risk`

Updated: Jun 15, 2010, 00:00 AM IST

Washington: In a finding which may have
implications for Asians, including Indians, whose staple food
is rice, scientists claim to have found that eating white rice
could increase one`s risk of developing type 2 diabetes while
the brown variety can lower the risk of the disease.

A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health has
found that eating five or more servings of white rice per week
is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, while
consuming two or more servings of brown rice every week could
lower the risk substantially.

"The study is the first to specifically examine
white rice and brown rice in relation to diabetes risk," said
Qi Sun, who led the team.

"Rice consumption in the US 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.

Brown rice is superior to white rice when it comes to
fibre 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
fibre, which helps deter diabetes by slowing the rush of sugar
(glucose) into the bloodstream.