Re: White rice consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes: meta-analysis and systematic review
26 March 2012
The magnitude of this study, analyzing cases in four countries and encompassing 352,000 people is impressive. But its methodology raises more questions than it answers. This is because the universal nutritional paradigm upon which the research is based is flawed. Humans digest with greatest efficiency, the foodstuffs most common to their ancestral diets, whether that be rice, wheat or whale blubber. As a nutritional historian, I have found that the rates of obesity and Type II diabetes in African-Americans skyrocketed after this population group shifted from an ancestral diet of rice, yams, vegetables and poultry to wheat gluten, potato starch, pork and dairy products. If the researchers in this white rice and diabetes II study review their data, what they might find is that the real culprit is not "white rice," but rather the Asian addition of more European foodstuffs like wheat gluten and dairy products into their traditional rice diet.
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