According to Runner’s World and a study in The British Medical Journal, regular consumption of white rice increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The researchers identified a connection between white rice consumption and an increased risk for development of type 2 diabetes in Asian and Western populations. Rice has been a staple in Asian cuisine for years, but the increase in type 2 diabetes is recent.
An unfortunate aspect of our modern lifestyle is inactivity.
For example, as a marketing specialist, I sit at a desk working on a computer five days a week. I go to the gym 2-3 times a week and take walks every day to counteract the amount of sitting I do, but I am still largely inactive compared to our ancestors.
Anyone can develop type 2 diabetes, but you are more likely to develop the disease if you eat an unhealthy diet, are inactive or sedentary and have a family history of the disease, among other factors.
…and if you eat white rise apparently.
Rice is a staple in our household, too. We eat rice with Kung Pao Chicken, Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken with Spinach and Peanuts and Creamy Dijon Chicken. I also make white rice when I have to “invent” dinner, which means we’re running out of food in the house and I start throwing stuff together to make a meal.
I often make steamed vegetables and rice and cover it in Sriracha or something equally spicy and delicious.
Husband might just have to get used to eating brown rice and quinoa in place of white rice in our go-to side dishes. Luckily, white rice is easily replaced in most dishes.