We hope not, but the Harvard School of Public Health keeps scaring the crap out of us with all of the recent research being released.
First scientists found that red meat may be responsible for 1 out of every 10 early deaths, then they published a study suggesting one sugar-sweetened drink a day increases a man's risk for heart disease by 20%, and NOW researchers are saying that eating white rice could increase the chances of a diabetes diagnosis!
The study followed 352,384 subjects from Asia, Australia, and the U.S. for up to 22 years and kept track of what they ate through annual surveys.
According to the findings, risk of type 2 diabetes went up 11% for each additional serving of white rice eaten per day! People in Asia, who ate the most rice, were at the highest risk by showing a 55% increase in diabetes over other Asians who ate very little rice.
Since we love a side of white rice with our General Tso's chicken, this is terrifying. However, experts weighing in on the study aren't so sure the grain is to blame. Dr. David Katz, an associate professor of public health at Yale University, told sources:
“White rice has long been a part of Asian diets in which diabetes risk was very low. It is white rice plus aspects of modern living- including less physical work- that conspire to elevate the incidence of type 2 diabetes.”
Phew! Exercise is still king when it comes to staying happy and healthy.