A Harvard study of more than 350,000 people found that higher consumption of white rice increases the risk of type 2 diabetes. The risk was greatest in people who ate the most white rice. The results were consistent among Asian people living in China and Japan, as well as people living in United States and Australia.

THE RISK OF TYPE 2 DIABETES INCREASED 11% FOR EACH BOWL OF RICE CONSUMED PER DAY. The risk was greater in Asians than in Western populations. The study examined the subjects for 22 years and none had diabetes at the onset of the experiment. The researchers stressed the importance of weight management for preventing type 2 diabetes and weight loss in people with the disease. ( British Medical Journal, March 15, 2012)