Whole Grains Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

An article published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine documented the fact that whole grains have a powerful effect in preventing type 2 diabetes. This study included data from nearly 40,000 men and more than 150,000 women who were followed for several years.White, wild and brown rice.

White rice has the bran and germ removed and becomes a refined carbohydrate. This study found that eating white rice 5 times a week or more times (compared with less than once a month) increased the risk of diabetes by 17%. A high intake of brown rice resulted in a 10% reduction in the risk of developing diabetes.

The study estimated that replacing white rice with the same amount of brown rice would be associated with a 16% lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Replacing white rice with eating whole grains, as a group, would bring a 36% reduction in diabetes.