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Does White Rice Cause Heart Disease?

Last updated on November 12th, 2022 at 12:31 pm

The results of the study will be shared at the 13th Emirates Cardiac Society Congress and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Middle East 2022.

When it comes to heart disease risk, do white rice matter?

Coronary artery disease happens when plaque builds up in the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. Premature coronary artery disease is what it’s called when it develops before a certain age.

Lifestyle choices like diet can increase the risk for coronary artery disease. A​ recent study suggests that eating a diet high in refined grains may increase the risk of premature coronary artery disease, while diets high in whole grains may decrease this risk.

The heart pumps blood and nutrients throughout the body, making heart health essential to overall health. Coronary artery disease can contribute to severe heart problems, including heart attacks. Researchers are still examining the risk factors for developing coronary artery disease and how people can take steps to avoid it.

A recent study found that diets high in refined grains, which include white rice, white flour, and white bread, are associated with an increased risk for premature coronary artery disease. In contrast, they found, diets high in whole grains were associated with a decreased risk for premature coronary artery disease.

The results of the study will be shared at the 13th Emirates Cardiac Society Congress and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Middle East 2022.

Does White Rice Cause Heart Disease?

Eating too many refined grains like white rice is just as bad for your heart as eating too much Halloween candy. Here’s how white rice impacts your heart.

Roti and rice are staple foods for many of us and we do not think twice before including it in our daily diet. White rice is abundantly consumed in many parts of the country and although it isn’t considered an unhealthy food, eating too much of refined grains like white rice can lead to many health issues including risk of heart diseases.

A recent study found that eating too many refined grains is just as bad for your heart as eating too much Halloween candy, reported Daily Mail. So, if you are a rice lover, it’s high time that you control your portions to avoid any future health trouble. Cardiologists say that while sugar is considered the top enemy for your heart, people who overeat rice are at an equal risk of getting a heart disease. So, people who eat too many candies or too much rice should watch out their heart health.

“Eating too many refined grains is a known risk factor for premature coronary artery disease (PCAD), a leading cause of death worldwide. The detriment it carries is no less than eating unhealthy sugars and oils found in sweet treats,” says Dr Ankur Phatarpekar, director at Cath Lab, Cardiologist, Symbiosis Hospital, Mumbai

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association reveals that while eating whole grains keeps you healthy by reducing the risk of heart disease, a high intake of refined grains is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases.

“When whole grains are refined into fine flour or meal, it gives a palatable texture and a longer shelf life, but at the cost of losing some of the key nutrients. Our body rapidly breaks down refined grains, including white rice, since they are without the fibre coat. It leads to a higher post-meal spike in blood sugar levels. Over time, high blood sugar results in a chronic low-grade inflammatory milieu that can damage blood vessels and the nerves that control the heart, causing plaques to form in the artery walls resulting in PCAD,” says Dr Phatarpekar.

Conclusion

Include whole grains instead in your diet to keep your heart healthy and safe. Check to know importance of cholesterol test and electrocardiogram for heart disease.

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