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Harvard says consuming brown rice reduces risk of Type 2 diabetes

By Richard Mccallum     Aug 13, 2010 in Health
Boston - Health food fanatics and vegans will rejoice in the fact that a recent study form Harvard University shows that eating brown rice reduces the risk of acquiring Type 2 diabetes.
The recent study reports that those people who eat two or more servings of brown rice reduce the risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes by up to 10 percent , compared to those who consume white rice regularly who are 20 percent more likely to develop the disease, than those who eat the product once per month.
Based on the supposition that a serving is a half a cup of cooked rice; a statistical analysis showed that replacing a third of a serving of white rice with brown rice could reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes by up to 16 percent.
Brown rice contains a lower glycemic index than white rice as well as important nutrients like magnesium and more fiber; these factors cause blood glucose levels to rise slower than white rice.
"The bottom line is that we showed evidence that increased consumption of white rice- even at this low rate of intake- is still associated with increased risk."
said Dr.Qi Sun who conducted the study for The Harvard School Of Public Health
"It is really recommended to replace white rice with brown rice or whole grains"
So this Saturday night when you are enjoying Chinese take-out have some brown rice with your General Tao chicken!
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