Nutrition is a major part of longevity, and the need to maintain a healthy diet is substantial. Food knowledge is power and what you put on your plate can have a huge impact on your life, as previously mentioned. Here the StraitsTimes.com reflects on the European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow and research findings:
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“Experts found that people following a Japanese- or Asian-style diet based on rice were less likely to be obese than those living in countries where rice consumption is low.
Researchers said low-carbohydrate diets – which limit rice – are a popular weight-loss strategy in developed countries, but the effect of rice on obesity has been unclear.
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They looked at rice consumption in terms of grams per day per person and calorie intake in 136 countries.
They also looked at data on body mass index (BMI).
In Britain, people were found to consume just 19g of rice a day, below dozens of other countries including Canada, Spain and the United States.
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The researchers calculated that even a modest increase in rice consumption of 50g per day per person could reduce the worldwide prevalence of obesity by 1 per cent (from 650 million adults to 643.5 million).
Professor Tomoko Imai, from Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts, Kyoto, Japan, who led the research, said: “The observed associations suggest that the obesity rate is low in countries that eat rice as a staple food.
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“Therefore, a Japanese food or an Asian food style diet based on rice may help prevent obesity.”
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