Re: White rice consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes: meta-analysis and systematic review
Substitution of whole grains, including brown rice, for white rice may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. This has environmental impacts as well, as rice is the staple food for nearly two-thirds of the world's population. A change in consumption patterns from per boiled rice to untreated rice may also reduce the risk of arsenic contamination in arsenic prone areas.  It has been tried and the main barriers to acceptance were noted to be the perception of rough texture, unpalatable taste and higher price of brown rice.  Perhaps increased awareness and some incentives may be required for achieving a change of widespread dietary habit of eating white rice.
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