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White rice consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes: meta-analysis and systematic review

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1454 (Published 15 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1454

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Re: White rice consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes: meta-analysis and systematic review

The type of rice affects its Gycemic Index (GI), and it is high GI rice that is the problem. Basmati rice is only medium GI, so a moderate intake of basmati is safe.

See this:
http://ginews.blogspot.co.uk/#ricediab

It is a shame that this sort of research paper can get into BMJ and make headline news. It is like saying that some road accidents are caused by blue cars, and therefore if we avoid driving blue cars the roads will be safer.

Please ask the authors to take a "Statistics and interpreting causality 101" course.

Brian
London

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 April 2012
Brian Wernham
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London, UK