A study researching the link between white rice and the risk of Type 2 diabetes at Boston’s Harvard School of Public Health discovered that people who ate three to four servings of white rice a day were more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than people who ate one to two servings a week. The study involved people in Asian countries (China and Japan) and Western countries (the U.S. and Australia).
The researchers said that rice has a high glycemic index, which means the body rapidly converts the carbohydrates in rice into glucose. The glycemic index of white rice is about 64, on a 100-point scale. (From comparison, ice cream has a glycemic index of 61, and orange juice rates a 50, according to data from Harvard.)
- As White Rice Intake Rises, So May Your Risk for Diabetes (news.health.com)