Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Feed Your Child Brown or Black Rice, Not White, to Prevent Diabetes

By Julia Moravcsik, PhD, author of Teach Your Child to Love Healthy Food

A recent study found that white rice increases chances of diabetes.

As a parent, you want to teach your child to like foods that are healthy for him. You want to avoid foods that will cause chronic diseases, even if the chronic diseases usually affect adults. The food that your child eats now is the food that he will love as an adult.

Rice is not the problem. The problem is that the antioxidant-rice bran and germ of the rice has been removed.

Replacing white rice with brown rice will reduce the risk of diabetes.  Black rice, which is higher in antioxidants than blueberries, is an even better choice. You can also try red rice or wild rice.

If you let brown rice germinate, called sprouted brown rice, you will get even more of a anti-diabetes boost. Sprouted brown rice has chemicals which actually normalize blood sugar.

You don't need to avoid rice. You simply need to avoid refined grains. Whole wheat, whole barley, brown and black rice all reduce the risk of diabetes.

Teach your child to love the nutty, flavorful taste of whole grains and you will be giving him the gift of a lower risk of diabetes decades later.

Would you like a simple, easy-to-follow program that will teach your child to love healthy food? See my new book Teach Your Child to Love Healthy Food on amazon.com.

For more tips on teaching your child to love whole grains, see these articles:

Use High Antioxidant Grains for Cooking and Baking

10 Ways to Get Your Child to Love Whole Grains

For the most recent article on teaching your child to love healthy foods, click here.

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