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Why you should eat an extra 50g of rice each day

Rice and easy! People should consume an extra 50g of rice every day to beat obesity (so how much are people eating in YOUR country?)

  • A team of scientists looked at obesity and rice consumption in 136 countries
  • Obesity levels were substantially lower in countries with high rice consumption
  • Fibre found in whole grains such as rice could increase feelings of fullness 

Eating just an extra 50g portion of rice each day may help prevent obesity, research suggests.

Scientists have proven that obesity levels are substantially lower in countries that consume high amounts of rice.

While countries with lower average rice intakes have higher rates of people who are obese, according to an international study of 136 countries.

The researchers say the fibre found in whole grains such as rice may increase feelings of fullness and prevent overeating.

In the UK, people were found to consume just 19g of rice a day, below dozens of other countries including Canada, Spain and the US

Professor Tomoko Imai, from the Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, Kyoto, Japan, led the research.

They looked at rice consumption in terms of grams per day per person and calorie intake in 136 countries.

And the team also looked at data on body mass index (BMI) – a measure of body fat based on your weight in relation to your height. 

Professor Imai said: ‘The observed associations suggest the obesity rate is low in countries that eat rice as a staple food.

‘Therefore, a Japanese food or an Asian-food-style diet based on rice may help prevent obesity.’

He added eating more rice should be recommended, ‘given the rising levels of obesity worldwide’.  

The authors concluded: ‘The prevalence of obesity was significantly lower in the countries with higher rice supply.’

They said that the findings remained true even after controlling for lifestyle and socioeconomic indicators.

Scientists have proven that obesity levels are substantially lower in countries that consume high amounts of rice

Scientists have proven that obesity levels are substantially lower in countries that consume high amounts of rice

The researchers calculated that even a modest increase in rice consumption could reduce the worldwide prevalence of obesity.

They said if everyone ate an extra 50g of rice each day the number of obese adults would drop from 650million to 643.5million. 

Bangladesh consumes the most rice, the research showed, with people eating an average of 473g per day.

In a global league table, it was followed by Lao (443g), Cambodia (438g), Vietnam (398g) and Indonesia (361g). 

At the other end of the spectrum was Tunisia, where people eat only 2.59g of rice each day, on average. 

In the UK, people were found to consume just 19g of rice a day, below dozens of other countries including Canada, Spain and the US. 

The study, which has been welcomed by experts, was presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow.

Tam Fry, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said: ‘We have known for centuries that far eastern populations tend to be slimmer than in the west.’

He added that rice is a staple food but few obesity specialists ‘have appreciated why’.

Mr Fry said: ‘This novel research is the first to hypothesise that we could nail obesity by eating a modest amount more.’ 

SO HOW MANY GRAMS OF RICE DO PEOPLE IN YOUR COUNTRY EAT EVERY DAY? 

1 Bangladesh 473.4

2 Lao People’s Democratic Republic 442.77

3 Cambodia 437.94

4 Viet Nam 398.36

5 Indonesia 361.04

6 Philippines 317.68

7 Thailand 312.32

8 Sri Lanka 306.22

9 Madagascar 285.52

10 Sierra Leone 269.98

11 Guinea 265.07

12 Guinea-Bissau 251.27

13 Liberia 241.47

14 Nepal 239.43

15 Republic of Korea 229.32

16 Malaysia 219.96

17 China 212.46

18 India 197.54

19 Senegal 192.19

20 Gambia 190.7

21 Timor-Leste 178.84

22 Panama 169.16

23 Kuwait 168.71

24 Mauritius 165.04

25 United Arab Emirates 157.83

26 Mali 157.06

27 Cuba 152.85

28 Japan 149.02

29 Benin 143.67

30 Oman 139.08

31 Dominican Republic 134.62

32 Costa Rica 133.19

33 Peru 127.9

34 Ecuador 121.82

35 Haiti 119.9

36 Nicaragua 118.76

37 Mauritania 111.2

38 Saudi Arabia 100.9

39 Egypt 100.19

40 Gabon 91.98

41 Brazil 91.87

42 Iraq 91.68

43 Ghana 89.95

44 Venezuela 87.8

45 Iran (Islamic Republic of) 79.75

46 Nigeria 78.23

47 Colombia 73.49

48 Bolivia 71.69

49 Jamaica 70.39

50 Togo 61.79

51 Jordan 60.28

52 Mozambique 58.93

53 Burkina Faso 57.85

54 Cameroon 56.96

55 United Republic of Tanzania 52.04

56 Congo 50.57

57 Trinidad and Tobago 48.71

58 Swaziland 47.65

59 Portugal 45.47

60 South Africa 45.32

61 Afghanistan 42.68

62 Honduras 42.19

63 Yemen 38.81

64 Israel 37.98

65 Pakistan 36.94

66 Lebanon 31.89

67 Australia 31.81

68 Turkmenistan 31.42

69 Uruguay 31.28

70 Botswana 30.19

71 El Salvador 28.44

72 New Zealand 27.68

73 Niger 27.12

74 Turkey 26.51

75 Belgium 25.31

76 Chad 25.23

77 Canada 24.41

78 Argentina 22.5

79 Kenya 22.35

80 Chile 22.04

81 Spain 21.58

82 Rwanda 21.37

83 Albania 20.72

84 Mongolia 19.62

85 Angola 19.43

86 Kazakhstan 19.37

87 United States of America 19.25

88 Tajikistan 18.95

89 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 18.94

90 Central African Republic 18.88

91 Zimbabwe 17.36

92 Kyrgyzstan 17.18

93 Sweden 16.87

94 Cyprus 16.33

95 Lesotho 15.77

96 Italy 15.42

97 Guatemala 15.06

98 Greece 14.75

99 France 14.69

100 Mexico 14.57

101 Russian Federation 13.67

102 Uganda 13.67

103 Denmark 13.48

104 Paraguay 13.33

105 Norway 13.01

106 Malawi 12.5

107 Finland 12.07

108 Uzbekistan 11.34

109 Switzerland 10.33

110 Armenia 10.08

111 Ireland 9.87

112 Austria 9.44

113 Slovakia 9.3

114 Lithuania 9.24

115 Slovenia 9.05

116 Zambia 8.9

117 Belarus 8.66

118 Germany 8.03

119 Ukraine 7.99

120 Algeria 7.56

121 Estonia 7.17

122 Netherlands 7.13

123 Hungary 7.03

124 Romania 6.69

125 Croatia 6.58

126 Namibia 6.38

127 Georgia 6.31

128 Latvia 6.05

129 Azerbaijan 5.51

130 Bosnia and Herzegovina 5.03

131 Bulgaria 4.54

132 Morocco 3.65

133 Serbia 3.58

134 Ethiopia 3.32

135 Poland 2.6

136 Tunisia 2.59



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