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Researchers Find That Rice Consumption Is Associated With A Reduced Risk Of Health Problems

December 13, 2010: 08:30 AM EST

U.S. researchers report that eating rice improves overall diet quality and reduces risk for many chronic conditions and obesity, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome. Analyzing data on 5,213 rice consumers  from a 1999-2004 health and nutrition survey, the researchers found that the diets of children and adults who ate rice had higher amounts of folate and other B-vitamins, potassium, fiber and vitamin A, and less total fat, saturated fat and added sugars. “Compared with non-rice eaters, rice eaters are less likely to have risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome” and “are more likely to have an overall better diet quality,” the researchers concluded.

Fulgoni, Victor L. III, PhD, et al., "Diet Quality and Markers for Human Health in Rice Eaters Versus Non-Rice Eaters: An Analysis ", Nutrition Today, December 13, 2010, © Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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