Is eating rice healthy

Malaysia
March 18, 2011 11:46pm CST
As some of you know I was diagnose with diabetes some time ago. during my regular follow up with the specialist and dietitian I was told that my consumption of rice was the key factor to this. I do not drink a lot of colored and tasty water, I prefer to drink plain water. But yes I do consume a lot of rice, then. Now due to the talks with them I have reduce my portions and yes it does control my glucose level. My question is, if the consumption of rice what cause diabetes in me. Is it healthy. To us Asian, rice is a staple diet. This puts all Asian as possible diabetes sufferer.
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@sunny5u (2072)
• India
19 Mar 11
Hello noorhizat, even i'm an Asian and yes rice is a staple food for us and mainly in INDIA to my knowledge, but my grand ma is 85 year and she doesn't have diabetes, or any others except knee pains, i'm not sure whether it leads to diabetes or not, but than rice chapathi (sort of) are healthy for us, take less of rice and increase other vitamins,proteins and carbohydrates in your food.
• Malaysia
21 Mar 11
Hi Sunny5u. I was just talking about that (your grandma eating rice from long time ago until today). Why now this happens to us. During their time there is no such things to be heard.
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• United States
23 Mar 11
I will assume since your doctor said that the rice caused your diabetes that you eat white rice. I have never heard of wild rice causing diabetes even though it still has quite a few carbs (less than white rice) in it. I do not consider white rice to be healthy because rice is not supposed to be white. Just as sugar and flour are not white before they undergo processing. They are all supposed to be brown. Even brown sugar they bleach first then color brown again with molasses? Why would they do that? It is already brown! Just add the molasses for flavor there is no need to bleach. But back to the rice. When they process rice they remove the parts of the rice that have nutrients then bleach it then add some other chemicals to make it look appealing to the consumer. According to manufactures rice in its natural form is very ugly and no one would want to buy it. I disagree. I think white rice is ugly and wild rice is better looking and tasting but that is my opinion. White rice alone I don't think would cause diabetes but it could definitely be a contributing factor. I don't believe there is anything but carbohydrates in white rice so it is similar to eating sugar as far as its effect on diabetes is concerned.
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• India
20 Mar 11
I have diabetes i stopped eating rice long back, you need not stop it totally, it is better you consult a nutrition expert for right food for you.. Thanks for sharing your problem in details Cheers. God bless you, have a nice day ahead. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. .
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@adnileb (5017)
• Philippines
19 Mar 11
I think you just have to cut it down so that your sugar level will also get down. Anything you take in excess is bad. Maybe you can ask your dietician about the required amount of rice to eat per day so you can balance your meal and have a stable sugar level..
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@driadi (29)
• Indonesia
19 Mar 11
rice is one of the staple food for people asia. but there is no doubt that eating excess carbohydrates can cause diseases such as diabetes, especially in the rice there are high glucose content. therefore people who have diabetes is on notice their habits, especially eating rice.
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@dainy1313 (2354)
• Leon, Mexico
19 Mar 11
Hello Noorhizat! Thanks you for the advice. I am mexican and I do eat rice, as if I were asian, hahaha. My father loved riced, her grandmother was from spain, no asian roots, but my father tought us to eat daily rice, instead of beans. I can´t live without rice. I just love it!!! I eat daily... I don´t what would my life be withou rice. But as the Doctor told you, it seems it may be dangerous because of the diabetes =( how weird, is the first time I hear this =(. Let´s make some research though. Now you must check your sugar leavel often. I´m sorry for that. But I know that you can handle it. Go On!! Blessings!... Dainy
• Malaysia
21 Mar 11
thanks dainy. I am more fearful that it is the current hybrid of rice that is making us easier to be diabetics.
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@dainy1313 (2354)
• Leon, Mexico
21 Mar 11
Got it! Someyears ago, a mail running by, awared of to consume just mexican rice. Lets do research. Kind Blessings!... Dainy
• Philippines
19 Mar 11
Diabetes can be caused of high level of sugar in blood. We have this glucose in our body that is one type of sugar that comes from digesting carbohydrates. And one source of carbohydrates is the rice. That is one reason why your dietitian wants you to reduce your consumption of rice. When glucose levels in the bloodstream aren't properly regulated then you probably develop a serious condition which is the diabetes. Another is glucose is the primary source of energy. If this energy is not been use and you eat foods that is high in carbohydrates you might really develop a diabetes, the best thing you can do is have a regular exercise too.
• Malaysia
21 Mar 11
Exercise is good. But do we have the time nowadays to do it. We are so busy every day to make ends meet. Don't even have time to shave some times :)
• Philippines
21 Mar 11
well if you love yourself then why not give yourself a chance to enjoy life by doing a lot of thing. There are things you can do in your daily job that make your body moves not only excercizing All you need is to make your body move ;)
• Australia
19 Mar 11
For us, rice is a staple food too. I really enjoy rice and don't want to give it up. I don't know if something like this might happen to me as well in later future. Anyways, Pray for the best! I hope you'll take care of your health. Good Luck!
• Philippines
19 Mar 11
There is nothing wrong in taking rice as long as you have your balanced diet along with a proper exercise.
• Malaysia
21 Mar 11
Agreed. But I was thinking that our ancestor was eating rice long time ago and we didn't heard of any health problem during their time. Why now?
• China
30 Mar 11
Eating rice can be a healthy option if the dieter takes into account the type and amounts of rice chosen.rice is a commonly eaten grain,apart from wheat.rice contributes to the same amount of calories,with respect to its wheat counterpart.it's the quantity of rice that matters most.rice is a good source of energy and is devoid of cholesterol and salt,eating rice is healthy ,just eating a small quantity of rice on a regular basis will help to increase one's intake of fiber as well as sever other nutrients.
• Malaysia
30 Mar 11
I agree with what you say. moderation is the key
@KrauseHome (33216)
• United States
24 Mar 11
I know for me I love eating rice and usually try and spread it out over the amount of times I might have some for sure. I know for me it may not always play an important role of what my blood sugar runs that day, but it often affects me a day or two later for sure. It is something even with brown rice, etc. seems to make not much of a difference so in moderation is what works for me. You could try different types of rice out there to see and keep your intake smaller and not as often for sure. Also try to find other substitutes that help you to feel better as well that you enjoy. I know that rice does turn to pure sugar and effects most diabetics for sure so the Best advice is do some research on it talk with others and see what seems to work best for you.
• Malaysia
30 Mar 11
now I consume a moderate amount of rice, I eat the ones that is said to be less starch in it
• India
24 Mar 11
Eating a limited quantity of rice is good. But eating more quantity of rice is not good as rice contains much calories. I too heard that rice is not good for diabetes people.
• Malaysia
24 Mar 11
Thanks. I am now eating rice moderately with more vegetable.
• China
19 Mar 11
I am sorry,I differ with you on this matter.Not everyone who takes rice as staple food suffers from diabetes vice versa.The cause of diabetes is very complicated.It is related to many factors such as psychological factor,genetic,obesity,excessive long-term feeding,infection and so on.In a word It is a kind of genetic disease.
• Malaysia
21 Mar 11
yes some form of diabetes are genetic. I was told by my Dr. eating rice will increase the risk of it. regardless if you have the genetic or not.
@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
19 Mar 11
Is there not a healthier type of rice, I know there is white and brown maybe there is one that doesn't have do much of whatever it is that is causing the trouble, like I have a fair bit of sugar in my diet, in tea and such and I found a few weeks ago there is healthier sugar with less GI in it, so maybe there is similar in rice..hopefully for you.
• Malaysia
21 Mar 11
There are some healthier type of rice in the market, I'ts what they are saying in their commercials. But I don't know if it's true or not. I have change the type of rice my family is consuming. It is said to help people with diabetes. I hope it will help my children from getting diabetes in the future
• Philippines
23 Mar 11
The reason for this is too much carbohydrates in our body. Carbohydrates when not used is converted into sugar.Rice is our main source of carbohydrates. What we have to do is limit the intake of foods rich in carbs. If we ate too much rice during the day, then at night we can eat fruits or plenty of veggies instead. Eat in moderation I suppose is the key to this. You can eat anything but in moderation.
19 Mar 11
i don't think rice is the cause but maybe your lifestyle is. If you are an active person chances are your body will be able to metabolize the sugar from rice. I am not a doctor but i really disagree with some of them blaming rice instead of the person's lifestyle when they are diagnosed with diabetes, for me its just the wrong approach to the problem. People who have diabetes will think that rice is the problem but they have to realize that that's not the only food they eat. if they are active, they exercise regularly diabetes can be avoided not unless you inherit the disease. Being an asian myself, i can't think of a day not eating rice, it's one of the things that keeps me alive i don't think it's going to kill me but maybe it will if i don't do something with my body.
• United States
19 Mar 11
My paternal grandmother was diabetic until most of her vital organs failed that caused her to pass on. Now my father has been diabetic since late 1992. Now he has been on Weight Watchers program. Yeah, rice is really great. Brown rice is even the best. How about the Asian rice? As long as you have relatively small to normal portions.
• Guangzhou, China
19 Mar 11
my gosh!sweetie,i really think this is the most funny article that i've ever read. as you know wer are asians,and everyday,we have to eat staple diet-rice.how come it will hurt your health?i really dont understand your specialist.if it does.i think most of asians will get diabetes. i dont think this is not main way to get.mostly,it caused by many factors.i think the doctor in your country must be not a professional. anyway,keep fit and GET WELL SOON
@krajibg (11942)
• Guwahati, India
19 Mar 11
Hi noorhizat, Call it Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan or India, the primary food is rice or things made from rice. If you think rice is the factor that is responsible for diabetes then what about the Western Countries or other countries where people hardly take rice as the primary food object. One thing I know is that doctors suggests diabetic patient not to take rice as much as he/she used to take before. But they have not said that this is the habit of consuming rice that you have developed diabetes. Rice increases some unwanted elements like glyaesomic index which causes problem and not only rice other food items also are equally responsible for this The purpose to cut on rice is to cut on the rise of the caloric elements. Not that rice increases carbohydrates it also produces other things that could add to the blood.
• United States
19 Mar 11
The reason you are having a problem with it is because it is a starch. Starches need to be limited in your diet as they turn into sugar as it's digested. As others have said reduce the amount you eat and concentrait on other foods that are not starches but more proteins and natural foods. I don't think your consumption of rice made you diabetic. It is in your gene pool you will probably get it or be fortunate and avoid it til you are older. But they also say more exercise and better food choices can help reduce the effects and your dependancy on pills & injectable insulin.
• India
19 Mar 11
ya,rice is healthy now-a-days but not healthy than olden days rice because of change in cooking