How white rice causes diabetes
Rice is eaten around the world because it's cheap and fills bellies -- not because it's healthy or tasty.
It's neither, and the latest research shows what happens when you chow down on bowl after bowl after bowl of this tasteless white stuff: You get diabetes.
I know what you're thinking -- but what about the Japanese? They eat tons of the stuff, and they don't get diabetes... right?
Japan was one of the four countries looked at in the new study, and for good reason: It's one of the top five nations in the world for diabetes. A shift to the Western-style diet there is surely a big part of it, but that rice habit isn't doing anyone any favors either.
In fact, the new study -- which also looked at data from China, Australia, and the United States -- finds that each daily bowl boosts the risk of the disease by 10 percent.
That's because eating rice is as close as you can come to eating a candy bar without the actual candy. It's a starch that causes your blood sugar levels to spike with every bowl.
Eat a bowl with every meal, and your glucose levels are sent off on a roller coaster ride three times a day -- and since your poor pancreas can't keep up, eventually it just gives up.
And you've got diabetes.
Of course, the message from the mainstream here is to swap your white rice for brown. But as far as I'm concerned, starch is starch -- and just because one might be better than the other doesn't mean it's good for you.
Studies have shown that people who eat brown rice are less likely to get diabetes than those who eat white, but that's only part of the picture. People who eat NO rice and few starches are even less likely to get the disease, and that's really what you want to aim for.
And speaking of foods guaranteed to give you disease, I've got the latest on soda coming up next.