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Brown rice curbs craving for fatty food, study shows

Published on Jul 30, 2012 2:17 PM
 
An experiment with mice has revealed that brown rice reduces the desire for high-fat foods, a finding that could help prevent obesity and diabetes in humans, according to researchers. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM

(THE DAILY YOMIURI/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - An experiment with mice has revealed that brown rice reduces the desire for high-fat foods, a finding that could help prevent obesity and diabetes in humans, according to researchers.

The group, led by Professor Hiroyuki Masuzaki of Ryukyu University, published the study in an academic journal of the American Diabetes Association.

Humans and other mammals tend to prefer fatty foods as they help stave off hunger.

The group gave mice a choice between diets of fatty food and normal food: A high-fat diet consisting of 45 per cent lipids, 35 per cent carbohydrates and 20 per cent proteins, and the other 10 per cent lipids, 70 per cent carbohydrates and 20 per cent protein. The mice chose the high-fat food every time and eventually became obese.

 
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