White rice raises diabetes risk

March 16, 2012 2:16:27 PM PDT
A new international analysis finds eating white rice on a regular basis significantly increased the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

The study in the British Medical Journal found for each serving of white rice there was a 10 percent increased risk.

White rice is the main type of rice eaten worldwide. It has lower levels of nutrients such as fiber, magnesium and vitamins. It also scores high on the glycemic index, a measure of how foods affect blood sugar levels.

Experts say better alternatives are whole grains including brown rice, barley or quinoa.

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