Will you have brown or white rice with that?
I’ll be the first to tell you that white “sticky” rice is absolutely delicious when paired with Chinese, Thai or Indian food. This rice is fluffy and fun. However, this rice is stripped of all of it’s nutrients from processing leaving it naked of health and high on risk.
How high a risk you may ask? How does 27% higher risk of developing Diabetes (1).
The study examined an Asian population whose diet mostly consisted of white rice and found a dose-response relationship between white rice consumption and risk for diabetes. That means that the more white rice they ate it put them at greater risk for developing diabetes. Each additional serving of rice increased the risk by 11%.
Now go take a break, find a box/bag of white rice, grab your measuring cups and measure ONE serving of rice. How many of those have you or do you eat? You can do the math.
Take away point: Higher glycemic, more processed foods will also be a much poorer choice then raw, less processed ones. As always, moderation is the best diet.
Hot Dogs, Bacon & Other Cured Meats
If you or someone you know has COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder) then you should let them in on this news. If they over-consume cured meats such as hot dogs and bacon they may not be helping themselves any. A study examined patients with COPD and their cured meat consumption and found those who ate more than 1 servings of the cured meat a day were twice as likely to be readmitted to the hospital (2). Most patients that were readmitted were males (93%). No surprise here right? Because bacon and hot dogs are “manly meat”?
Take away point: Cured meats may complicate pre-existing conditions such as COPD. Be certain to check with your doctor to find out more.
1) Fiore, Kristen. (2012). Diabetes Risk: White Rice Joins White Bread. MedPage Today. Retrieved from: http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/Diabetes/31673.
2) Neale, Todd. (2012). Hot Dogs, Bacon May Worsen COPD. MedPage Today. Retrieved from: http://www.medpagetoday.com/Pulmonology/SmokingCOPD/31537.
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