Important rice news for a country that eats tons upon tons of it! Chomping down on white rice may boost your risk of diabetes, while substituting brown rice can actually decrease it instead!
Though studies in China, Japan and India – all super rice lovers – have already linked white rice with type 2 diabetes, it seems like people living in countries with less rice-eating tendencies still show this strong correlation. Says The Guardian:
People who ate five or more servings of white rice per week had a 17 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who ate less than one serving a month. In contrast, people who ate two or more servings of brown rice per week had an 11 percent lower risk than those who ate less than one serving a month.
Based on these results, the researchers estimated that replacing 50 grams of white rice per day (around one-third of a serving) with an equal amount of brown rice would lower a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes by 16 percent.
So eat more brown rice! It’s actually easier than you’d think to find here in China – even if your local supermarket doesn’t carry it, your local farmer’s market definitely will. Look for a vendor with bags upon bags of grain and ask for 糙米 (cao mi).