White rice is the name given to milled rice that has had its husk, bran and germ removed. This alters the flavor, texture and appearance of the rice and helps prevent spoilage and extend its storage life. It is a staple food for many Asian countries, serving as main food source for over half the world’s population.
White rice is full of starch that can overload the body with so much blood sugar. As a result, diabetes risk increases.
The Dangers of White Rice
Based on the findings of researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health who conducted their study for up to 20 years, white rice is not as safe to consume as many people think:
One bowl of rice has at least twice the the carbs in one can of soft drink. Why is this bad? Because carbs are converted into sugar. Our pancreases make insulin, so that the body can use sugar. But there are foods, such as white rice, in which sugar is easily absorbed into the blood. This causes sugar spike, making the pancreas work more than they should.
When sugar spike occurs, you know it’s not good for you. Since the pancreases are working harder on the regular, they become less efficient in making insulin. As a result, the body absorbs more sugar.
Eating white rice every day can cause kidney damage because there is too much sugar in the body. This is where diabetes starts.
There are ways to combat this risk increase and among them is to replace 20% of white rice consumption with brown rice. By simply doing so, you cut your risk by up to 16%.
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