On Thursday, health researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health said they had found a link between a high consumption of white rice and Type 2 diabetes.
Qi Sun, of the Harvard School of Public Health, told the British Medical Journal: "What we've found is white rice is likely to increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes, especially at high consumption levels such as in Asian populations."
"But at the same time people should pay close attention to the other things they eat. It's very important to address not just a single food but the whole pattern of consumption."
Four studies followed 350,000 people, from four to 22 years. More than 13,000 people developed Type 2 diabetes.
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In China and Japan, those who ate most rice were 55 percent likelier to develop the disease than those who ate least. In the United States and Australia, where rice consumption is lower, the difference was 12 percent.
People in the two Asian countries ate three or four servings of rice a day on average, compared to just one or two servings a week in the Western countries.
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