Brown rice could lower diabetes risk

June 14, 2010 7:55:09 PM PDT
If you thinking about serving rice with dinner this evening, you might want to consider what kind you are using.

A study from the Harvard School of Public Health says replacing white rice with brown rice may lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes. It calculates that replacing one third of a daily serving of white rice with brown rice, lowers a person's risk of becoming diabetic by 16 percent.

Brown rice contains higher fiber, minerals and vitamins. And because it takes longer to be digested, it does not spike blood sugar levels as much as white rice.

Critics say brown rice is still a high-carb food and should be consumed in moderation.