- Diabetes Research
- Glucose Meters
- Adult Onset Diabetes
- Diabetes and Exercise
- Diabetes and Insurance
- Diabetes and Sex
- Diabetes Care
- Diabetes Control
- Diabetes Cure
- Diabetes Prevention
- Diabetes Technology
- Insulin Resistance
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Type 3 Diabetes
- Battle Diabetes
Can Diabetics Eat Rice?
Diabetics can eat certain types of rice
Many cultures use rice as a staple in their diet, and it is almost always white rice. If you order a burrito in a restaurant, you will probably get a
substantial amount of rice in it. Indian foods are often served with rice, as in the case of dahl, a spicy type of lentil stew that is commonly served over rice. Many Chinese dishes also rely on rice as a major part of the meal from chicken fried rice to chop suey. Most Chinese carry out restaurants provide you with rice that has its own little box.
Diabetics can eat rice, but make it whole grain rice
Many people think that all rice is the same, but according to the American Diabetes Association, this is far from the truth. The only kinds of rice that
diabetics should eat are brown rice and wild rice. Both of these are whole grain rice that contain wheat germ and bran. White rice has had these removed, making it much like white flour. Of course, portion control is also important to keeping your blood sugar level where it should be.
Both white and brown rice have about the same number of carbs
What difference does it make if you eat white rice instead of the brown type if they have about the same number of carbs? All types of rice will cause a person's blood glucose to increase, but when you choose whole grain brown rice or wild rice, you are getting fiber, vitamins and minerals that you do not get from white rice. The American Diabetes Association recommends that you eat a 1/3 cup serving of either brown or wild rice daily. If you have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you are probably making many changes to your diet. By cutting down on the amount of rice that you eat with your meal, you might be able to have more of the main dish instead if it consists of vegetables and a limited amount of carbohydrates. Brown rice or wild rice can be part of your meal plan when you measure the amount of this food that you are eating.
Portion control when eating out is possible
You have probably noticed that most restaurants serve very large portions of food that are more than anyone should eat, whether they are a diabetic or not. There is no reason to give up eating out as long as you are aware of how many carbs you can consume in your meal. If you order a dish with the rice mixed in with other foods, this could be a problem because you cannot tell how much rice you are eating. Ordering rice on the side allows you to control the portion of this food that you eat. You will want to try to order a balanced meal that contains protein, fat and vegetables, along with a reasonable portion of carbs that will not cause problems for your glucose level. With so many delicious foods that are safe for you to eat, it might be better to pass up the buttered white rice and opt for steamed carrots or broccoli if brown rice or wild rice are not available.
The information provided on battlediabetes.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of battlediabetes.com nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.
Subscribe today and receive a dietician-written meal plan!