More rice may not fight flab, Japan study not applicable here: HPB

It advises consuming in moderation, after study finds rice-based diet may help fight flab

The Health Promotion Board and dietitians advise including more unrefined carbohydrates like whole grains in one's diet. The board says studies have shown that consuming a high amount of refined carbohydrates such as white rice is linked to a greater
The Health Promotion Board and dietitians advise including more unrefined carbohydrates like whole grains in one's diet. The board says studies have shown that consuming a high amount of refined carbohydrates such as white rice is linked to a greater risk of obesity and diabetes. ST FILE PHOTO

Eating more rice does not necessarily reduce obesity, said the Health Promotion Board (HPB) and dietitians, after reports of a Japanese study on the link between high rice consumption and low obesity rates made the headlines recently.

Instead, their advice is to eat rice in moderation and include more unrefined carbohydrates like whole grains in one's diet.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2019, with the headline 'Eating more rice may not reduce obesity, says HPB'. Subscribe