Eating more black or red rice may prevent the onset of diabetes

Diabetes is a very costly disease to have because of medical care, morbidity, and disability that are associated with it. Fortunately, it can be prevented with the right foods. A group of researchers from Thailand evaluated the potential use of different rice varieties in preventing diabetes. In this study, which was published in ScienceAsia, the researchers determined the effects of eating black and red rice extracts on rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes.

  • More than 415 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes.
  • Diabetic patients have impaired blood sugar regulation ability. This leads to an increase in triglycerides and low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and a decrease in high-density lipoprotein (HDL).
  • Red and black rice are good sources of carbohydrates and antioxidants, such as gamma-oryzanol, tocopherols, tocotrienols, anthocyanins, and proanthocyanidins.
  • Previous studies on black rice revealed that it can prevent glycation, reduce inflammation, and regulate lipid levels.
  • In this study, the researchers assessed the effects of black and red rice extracts on the fasting blood glucose level, body weight, and lipid profiles of the streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats.

The results showed that both varieties of rice can reduce blood sugar, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels. Based on these results, the researchers concluded that eating black and red rice daily can effectively prevent diabetes.

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Journal Reference:

Tantipaiboonwong P, Pintha K, Chaiwangyen W, Chewonarin T, Pangjit K, Chumphukam O, Kangwan N, Suttajit M. ANTI-HYPERGLYCAEMIC AND ANTI-HYPERLIPIDAEMIC EFFECTS OF BLACK AND RED RICE IN STREPTOZOTOCIN-INDUCED DIABETIC RATS. ScienceAsia. 2 September 2017;43(5). DOI: 10.2306/scienceasia1513-1874.2017.43.281

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