A new study has been conducted by the Doshisha Women’s College Arts in Kyoto on the consumption of rice. Through the study, all types of rice have been analyzed, including rice flour, brown rice, and white rice. For the study, 136 countries have been analyzed according to lifestyle socioeconomic risk factors, education, smoking rates, health expenditure, or energy consumption. However, the analyses are showing that considering all factors the obesity rates are lower in the countries where rice is being consumed more often.
What Are the Data from the Study?
The key is that countries with high levels of rice consumption have a low obesity rate. A top of countries with high rice consumption are Bangladesh, Lao, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. On the other side of the top, the countries that are not eating rice even in a small portion per day are: Canada on 77th place, the U.S. on the 87th, the U.K ranked 89th, and France on the 99th place. So having an Asian food-style can be useful for us, just by adding around 50 grams of rice per day could lower the obesity rate levels.
However, the studies are suggesting that eating more rice can improve your health, could help you fight against weight gain, and prevent overeating. Rice contains a lot of fiber, nutrients and other compounds that are digested in the large intestine and help to regulate the glucose levels. But, everything comes with a trick. On the other side, overeating rice could cause diabetes and metabolic syndrome. So, advice for people is to have an appropriate amount of rice intake.
Finally, the discovery linked to the lower levels of obesity needs to be further studied and to see how the rice could not only lower those levels but do not have a side effect on the same time. So it is needed to find the cause-and-effect relationship.