Does Eating Rice Make You Fat? Shocking Link Between Rice And Obesity Found

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Does Eating Rice Make You Fat? Shocking Link Between Rice And Obesity Found

Rice could be the key to end the ongoing battle against obesity around the world. A new research that analyzed data from more than 130 countries shows that adding more rice to your daily diet could help reduce the risk of being overweight.

Healthy experts previously raised a question on why people in the U.S. have higher rates of obesity, while some countries appear to have significantly low number of cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 39.8 percent of people in the U.S. are currently obese. However, in Japan, only 4.3 percent of the population are obese, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

This then led researchers from Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto, Japan, to study the factors that put many people in their country at a healthy or average weight. They initially recognized that Japan along with other countries with low obesity cases consider rice as a staple food, Medical News Today reported.

"The observed associations suggest that the obesity rate is low in countries that eat rice as a staple food,” Tomoko Imai, lead researcher and a professor at Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts, said. “Therefore, a Japanese food or an Asian-food-style diet based on rice may help prevent obesity."

The team gathered data from 136 countries and found that in nations where people consume an average of at least 150 grams of rice per day had significantly lower rates of obesity. The researchers also took into account other factors that contribute to the obesity epidemic, such as smoking rates, calorie consumption and money spent on healthcare.

The Doshisha researchers suggested that if each person increases their daily rice consumption by just one-quarter of a cup or 50 grams the global obesity risk may dramatically decrease by 1 percent, or from 650 million people down to 643.5 million adults.

Imai said that rice potentially promotes slow weight gain due to fiber, nutrients and plant compounds found in whole grains that increase the feeling of fullness. Rice also has low postprandial blood glucose level, which blocks insulin secretion.

The researchers presented their findings at the recent European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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