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Diabetes risk jumps w/ increased white rice intake

A bag of white rice is shown in this undated file photo. A new study by Harvard scientists found that eating white rice regularly may increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
March 16, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Eating white rice regularly may increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to a study conducted by Harvard scientists.

The new study found that people in Asia, who ate the most white rice, were at the highest risk. After collecting data from China, Japan, the U.S. and Australia, researchers found the risk of Type 2 diabetes went up by 10 percent with each increased serving of white rice.

Researchers recommend that people should eat more whole grains, including brown rice, instead of refined carbohydrates like white rice. They say this can help slow down the global diabetes epidemic.

The study was published in the British Medical Journal.


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