The Indonesian proverb says, “You haven’t eaten today, if you haven’t eaten rice,” yes, the phrase sounds familiar. Naturally, rice is the staple food of Indonesian society.
Indeed, it cannot be denied the fact that Indonesian people are so dependent on rice. But it is also necessary to note that consuming excessive amounts of rice is also not good, even at risk of contracting type 2 diabetes.
Harvard School of Public Health recently conducted a study on this matter, and it was found that there was a link between people with type 2 diabetes and excessive rice consumption.
In a study published by the British Medical Journal in 2012, researchers examined four studies involving 352 thousand people, all of whom came from three different countries, the United States, Japan and China.
Led by Emily Hu and Qi Sun, the research actually monitored how the participants’ health and eating habits developed over a period of 4 to 22 years.
Well, from this study it was found that participants who consumed rice 3 to 4 times a day, found a 1.5 times greater risk of developing diabetes than those who did not consume rice.
Further research found that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes was also 10 percent higher if the participants consumed more rice.
The association between the quantity of eating rice and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes is related to a high glycemic index in rice of around 70. The glycemic index is a number that indicates the potential to increase blood sugar.
However, there is a right way to overcome this problem, namely by changing the habit of consuming refined carbohydrates. This means that we can replace rice as a staple food with Serelia Whole, a combination of white rice and white bread.
It is also important to note that excessive rice consumption can also be a cause of obesity or weight gain which can interfere with our digestion.
In addition to replacing carbohydrate intake, you can also limit your carbohydrate intake to 45-60 grams at each meal so that the risk of contracting this disease can be minimized.