Substituting white rice with brown rice decreases chance of developing diabetes

The Wall Street Journal reports that, according to a study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, substituting white rice with brown rice may decrease the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Substituting other whole grains in place of white rice may reduce the risk even further.

CNN  reports that researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health estimate that if people “eat a little more than two servings of white rice (about 12 ounces) per week, switching to brown rice will lower” the “risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 16 percent.”

By replacing “those servings of white rice with whole grains in general, they estimate, your diabetes risk will decline … by 36 percent.”

To reach those conclusions, researchers “mined data from three large, long-term trials – the Health Professionals Follow-up Study and the Nurses’ Health Study I and II – for a combined study population of 157,463 women and 39,765 men, ranging in age from 26 to 87,” the Time magazine “Wellness” blog reported.

“The participants were followed for 14 to 22 years, and asked periodically to fill out comprehensive questionnaires about their eating habits.”

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