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A commentary about research on rice consumption and diabetes risk. Why was high rice consumption associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes in some populations but not in others?

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Why is it important?

Rice is among the most important staple foods worldwide and any link with diabetes risk is relevant given the increasing prevalence of this chronic disease. The commentary sheds a light on the most recent findings on this topic including methodological issues and different nutritional characteristics of rice.


A nuanced view of rice's role in nutrition is important as billions of people rely on this staple food. Recommended replacement foods need to be carefully considered. A partial shift to more healthy plant foods (whole grains, vegetables, legumes, fruit, and nuts) may currently be the most appropriate recommendation.

Rob van Dam
National University of Singapore

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This page is a summary of: A Global Perspective on White Rice Consumption and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetes Care, October 2020, American Diabetes Association, DOI: 10.2337/dci20-0042.
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