Brown Rice Salad

I love this salad. It always makes me feel good and it tastes super delicious. A Harvard/Brigham and Women's Hospital study says that if you eat two or more servings of brown rice per week, you can reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes by about 10 percent compared to people who eat it less than once a month. So eat this twice a week !

I see you were just diagnosed this week, Jacki. I'm sorry about that, but welcome to this wonderful community.

One thing you will find is there's a lot of information out there, and a lot of misinformation. Most of us with D find that rice is one food that really jacks up our blood sugar. Some of us find brown rice is less injurious than white rice, but for many of us they are both really bad on our blood sugar. (though brown foods - bread and rice - certainly have more nutritive value than white) I seriously doubt this recommendation is based on any reliable science. At any rate, most of us on this site already have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes so prevention isn't an option for us.

Bottom line with diet is that we are all different. Some of us can successfully eat some foods and others can't. The way to find out what works for you is to eat a dish you like (such as this salad) and then test your blood sugar two hours after eating. If you are in range (some of us aim for 140, some for 120) and you do this a few times than you are good to go with this food!

numbers don't mean squat to me and why are you sorry for me? It seems that you are the unhealthy one. At least I can eat Brown Rice. If you want to rely on medication for the rest of your life that's fine but nobody is going to tell me that rice is bad for me or any other whole God-given food, because I believe what Hippocrates said : “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

Same goes with fruit.

It's comments like yours that instill fear in people where otherwise shouldn't be. I'm just saying that brown rice is better for you. Here are 8 reasons why

Huh? First of all why would you say that I am the unhealthy one when you know nothing about me? Second of all, I am a Type 1 diabetic; I "rely on insulin for the rest of my life" because if I didn't, I'd be dead. "numbers don't mean squat to you?" Unfortunately, Diabetes is all about numbers. (blood sugar control). Good ones (most of the time) mean we can go about our lives and be healthy. Bad ones (most of the time) put us at risk for serious complications down the road.

Finally I am not telling you that brown rice is bad for you, or any other food. What I said was many of us find rice jacks up our blood sugar but that you should test and see how it affects you. Yes, brown rice is healthier than white rice; there is nothing new in that recognition. But you were diagnosed 2 whole days ago so I was assuming you were on this site because you were seeking to learn. When you post a thread on TuD you get all sorts of (hopefully polite) responses. Take what you need and leave the rest.

I'm sorry but I got the impression you were telling me that my information was misinformation and that you speak for most of the D community. Well I guess I am the exception . I neither take insulin or am on any diabetic medication but have been managing my diabetes by eating raw food and would not recommend Rice normally except I presume most diabetics who eat cooked food , it would be the safest bet but Alas! I am wrong.

I'd be in a world of hurt eating rice. Ate a lot of brown rice before I was diagnosed T1, but wouldn't touch it now.

Somewhat misleading. The article also says, "Such food studies can be unreliable, since they rely on self-reported surveys. And correlation does not necessarily mean a cause-and-effect relationship, since factors other than brown rice consumption may have accounted for the decreased diabetes risk that was observed. The researchers tried to control for the fact that Americans who eat brown rice tend to be more healthy overall — they eat more fruits and vegetables and less red meat and trans fats, and they also tend to be thinner, more active and less likely to smoke than those who don’t eat brown rice."

The study doesn't prove that brown rice is responsible for a decrease in T2. Seen many studies make similar claims for other food. Read one that claimed nuts lowered the incidence of T2 & helped lower BG for those with T2.

As Zoe mentioned, test after eating & enjoy your rice if it doesn't spike you.

I think it can be very hard when you are first diagnosed. Often we are told by the medical establishment that carbs are good for us and that we need to eat "good carbs." In fact the Diabetes Prevention Program fails to tell people that diabetes is really a condition of carb intolerance and it tells people to cut fat and lose weight as the treatment for diabetes.

Being diagnosed starts us all on a journey. For many it is about learning to navigate through a confusing array of conflicting information. I think many people come here to help figure stuff out. We have a large community and we all seek the best information and evidence. You must understand that for most of us who have been at this journey for a while, controlling and restricting carbs have become a central part of our choice. There is substantial evidence for this and it works on an individual level. But for many of us a carb is a carb, whether it comes from a twinkie or brown rice. Everyone will eventually find their own path. Hopefully, you can become informed and successful in whatever direction you choose.

Hi Jacki welcome to the community. We are a very diverse lot, a mixture of Type 1's and 2's and follow many different paths in our response to our condition. Most threads here are responded to by both T1's and T2's. I have found it useful to look at a posters profile to determine what type they are before responding/evaluating what they have to say. Bottom line, the two conditions have almost nothing in common.

Since I already have diabetes a study that concludes brown rice can reduce the risk of getting T2 is meaningless to me. For what it's worth I too loved brown rice and ate plenty of it pre diagnosis. What does have meaning to me is the effect on my blood sugar I observe by testing after I eat. My personal goal is to never exceed 140 (7.8). Unfortunately, I have found any type of grain spikes my blood sugar far in excess of my target. Although some diabetics find they can tolerate whole grains this is not the case for me, and I no longer eat any grain.

Her's a recent thread that discusses brown rice

We all manage differently, and have different needs Jacki. What Zoe said DOES speak for most of the D community.

You said you've been managing your D by eating raw, and your profile says you were diagnosed a couple of days ago? Do you mean you've been eating raw for a couple of days or that you were prediabetic for a while and ate raw to keep D at bay?

Hopefully your doc taught you to test your blood sugar. It's the only way to tell what works for YOU.