Recent Study looking at Brown or White Rice and Diabetes Risk
I’ve had lots of questions and comments about this one and the study was only published on June 14!
If you already have diabetes, this study does not apply. If you eat rice and already have diabetes the main things to think about are portion size (think small), low glycaemic index (basmati or doongarra rice) and health benefits (brown rice has more fibre and B vitamins).
This study was looking at people without diabetes and whether their rice eating pattern raised or lowered their risk of getting type 2 diabetes. (White rice, brown rice and the risk of type 2 diabetes in US men and women. Archives Internal Medicine 2010 June 14 170 (11) 961-969.
The study looked at the long term eating patterns of health professionals in America (39 765 men and 157 463 women). The key findings were:
– Eating five or more serves of rice per week gives a 17% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes then people that ate less than 1 serve of white rice per month.
– Eating brown rice, two or more times a week, reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 11%. This was compared to people that ate brown rice less than once a month.
So if you don’t have diabetes and want to reduce your risk of developing diabetes, as you get older, brown rice rather than white rice would be a healthy option.
Cooking tips – brown rice takes longer to cook so plan ahead and get the rice cooking first before preparing a stir fry. Brown rice has a nutty texture which takes a while to get used to but very enjoyable.