Eat Rice on a Daily Basis?  How it Can Harm Your Heart

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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 widely consumed across the nation, and while it isn’t generally regarded as a bad food, eating too much refined grain, such as white rice, can cause a variety of health problems, including an increased risk of heart disease. According to the Daily Mail, a recent study revealed that eating too many refined grains is just as harmful for your heart as consuming too much Halloween sweets. Therefore, if you enjoy eating rice, it’s imperative that you limit your intake in order to prevent any health issues in the future.

HOW EATING WHITE RICE CAN DAMAGE YOUR HEART

Cardiologists say that People who eat too much rice have the same risk of developing heart disease as those who consume too much sugar. Therefore, those who consume excessive amounts of candy or rice should be aware of 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.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE EAT REFINED RICE

“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 fiber 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 Phatar pekar.

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