White rice 'could cause diabetes'
Eating white rice may be linked to a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, researchers have said.
A review of four studies involving around 350,000 people found the more white rice people ate, the higher their chance of developing the condition seemed to be. Experts from Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School looked at two studies in Asian people (Chinese and Japanese) and two in Western populations (the US and Australia).
Asian people tended to have a much higher white rice intake than those in the West, averaging three to four servings a day compared with one or two servings per week. The results showed that Asian people have a higher chance of developing Type 2 diabetes, with those who ate the most at highest risk. But even for Western populations with typically low intakes, the researchers said "relatively high white rice consumption may still modestly increase risk of diabetes". In the total population, the experts said that for every extra serving of white rice (assuming 158g per serving), the risk of Type 2 diabetes increased by about 11%.
Writing in the British Medical Journal, the authors concluded: "We found that higher white rice consumption was associated with a significantly elevated risk of Type 2 diabetes. This association seems to be stronger for Asians than for Western populations."
Source - Independent