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Community Q&A: Diabetic Patients’ Questions and Answers

Which type of rice is recommended for individuals with diabetes and why?

For individuals with diabetes, choosing the right type of rice can play a role in managing blood sugar levels. Generally, whole grain and less processed rice options are recommended over refined white rice. Here are two types of rice that are often recommended for individuals with diabetes:

Brown Rice: Brown rice is a whole grain rice that retains the bran and germ layers, providing more fiber, vitamins, and minerals compared to white rice. The presence of fiber in brown rice slows down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, resulting in a slower and more gradual rise in blood sugar levels. The higher fiber content also helps promote satiety and can aid in weight management. Including brown rice in the diet can help individuals with diabetes achieve better glycemic control and overall nutritional benefits.

Basmati Rice: Basmati rice is a type of long-grain rice known for its aromatic flavor. It has a lower glycemic index compared to some other varieties of rice, including white rice. The lower glycemic index means that it causes a slower and more controlled increase in blood sugar levels compared to high-glycemic index foods. Basmati rice, especially brown basmati rice, is a favorable option for individuals with diabetes due to its lower impact on blood sugar levels.

Note that portion control is still crucial when consuming rice, even if it is a healthier type. Monitoring overall carbohydrate intake and balancing it with other components of a balanced meal, such as proteins, healthy fats, and non-starchy vegetables, is important for blood sugar management.

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