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Eating rice jibes with healthy diet, study says

By McClatchy News Services


A new study confirms what billions of people know: Rice goes a long way in a healthy diet.

Americans who consume rice regularly tend to have healthier diets overall, according to research.

In a study published online in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Nutrition Sciences, lead author Theresa Nicklas of the Baylor College of Medicine analyzed seven years of data collected in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The sample included 14,386 adults and what they ate from 2005 to 2010. Nicklas and her team evaluated the association of rice consumption with overall diet quality and key nutrient intakes.

What they found: Those who ate more rice tended to get more nutrients while eating less fat and added sugar. They also tended to eat more fruit and vegetables.

"Our results show that adults who eat rice had diets more consistent with what is recommended in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, and they showed higher amounts of potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fiber while eating less saturated fat and added sugars," Nicklas said. "Eating rice is also associated with eating more servings of fruit, vegetables, meat and beans."

On average, Americans eat about 27 pounds of rice a year, about 70 percent being enriched white rice. Most of it was grown by American farmers, who harvest an estimated 20 billion pounds of rice a year, according to the USA Rice Federation.

Debbie Arrington, Sacramento (Calif.) Bee

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dyw001 wrote:
Unless, of course, if you are diabetic like me. Rice spikes my blood sugar!
on April 22,2014 | 05:53AM
dyw001 wrote:
Unless, of course, if you are diabetic like me. Rice spikes my blood sugar!
on April 22,2014 | 05:54AM
tiwtsfm wrote:
This article does not "jibe" with some other known facts. Where is the reference for this so called study? And - who paid for the research? What kind of rice was used? What was the ethnicity of the folks in the study? Etc... This kind of article is irresponsible reporting and has no place in a newspaper.
on April 22,2014 | 06:09AM
lookup wrote:
I agree 100%. No facts about the amount of bad chemicals in rice or any comparison to other types of heathy cabs such as poi, barley, quinoa, pumpkin, squash, etc.
on April 22,2014 | 09:17AM
Skyler wrote:
Seriously. And no mention of brown rice (which isn't processed to death) - which is way better for those with diabetes 2.
on April 22,2014 | 10:54AM
bsdetection wrote:
much more arsenic in brown rice
on April 22,2014 | 11:28AM
bsdetection wrote:
While there may be a correlation between eating rice and eating other foods that contribute to health, this study doesn't that eating rice contributes to health and fails to mention the presence of arsenic in rice. The FDA has been very slow to determine appropriate limits to arsenic in rice. Many sources recommend that adults should limit their rice intake to 2 one-quarter cup servings per week. This article reads like a press release from the USA Rice Federation.
on April 22,2014 | 07:41AM
cojef wrote:
Rice is still starch which equate to gluten, I believe. Have to watch my intake of rice like many others suffering with diabetes. My daily early morning glucose test indicate the extent of my cheating. A daily battle, but with medication it aids in keeping within favorable limits. By being overly cautious it can drop to 87 mg/dl and by splurging spike to 175.
on April 22,2014 | 08:39AM
Anonymous wrote:
Gluten is from wheat, period. There is no gluten in rice.
on April 22,2014 | 12:00PM
control wrote:
Many other grains have gluten or gluten-like substances in them, not just wheat.
on April 22,2014 | 03:09PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
He must have read that in another newspaper article.
on April 22,2014 | 08:47PM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
Some people can't believe that rice can make you fat. After I reduced my rice intake I lost weight. Yes, moderation is the key. But rice seems to be the culprit. You see, the body will burn the carbohydrates before it even touches the fat that you consume. And if you eat a lot of carbohydrates, the fat will just accumulate in your fat cells, thus the weight gain.
on April 22,2014 | 11:17AM
lookup wrote:
Glad to see that so many people realy understand the truth about rice especially here in Hawaii where it used to be the main staple of most of us.I guess this article was written by a mainland person who was trying to make the point that eating rice is a good idea because most people there eat potatoes. SA, Why are you printing mainland written articles that know nothing of Hawaii's people and their eating habits?
on April 22,2014 | 11:30AM
false wrote:
The writer was probably referring to what mainland caucasians call rice-that long grain Uncle Ben rice. Yuk.
on April 22,2014 | 06:24PM