Brown rice is a healthy addition to a balanced diet, even if you have diabetes. Still, it’s important to monitor portion sizes and be aware of how this food affects blood sugar levels.
Brown rice has an impressive nutritional profile. It’s a good source of fiber, antioxidants, and several vitamins and minerals.
Thanks to its high fiber content, brown rice has been shown to significantly reduce post-meal blood sugar levels in people with excess weight, as well as those with type 2 diabetes.
Overall blood sugar control is important for preventing or delaying the progression of diabetes
In a study in 16 adults with type 2 diabetes, eating 2 servings of brown rice resulted in a significant reduction in post-meal blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c (a marker of blood sugar control), compared with eating white rice.
Meanwhile, an 8-week study in 28 adults with type 2 diabetes found that those eating brown rice at least 10 times per week had significant improvements in blood sugar levels and endothelial function — an important measurement of heart health
Brown rice may also help improve blood sugar control by aiding weight loss
In addition to its potential benefits for individuals with diabetes, brown rice may even reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the first place.
While the mechanism isn’t entirely understood, it’s thought that the higher fiber content of brown rice is at least partially responsible for this protective effect. Additionally, brown rice is higher in magnesium, which has also been linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
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