Rice is a good food. It gives fibre and carbohydrates and important vitamins and minerals. Of great interest, however, is that there are large differences in the time taken to digest different rice and the time for glucose to enter the blood.
GI = 109
GI = 59
Jasmine rice – a very common rice around the world – is digested extremely quickly and releases glucose into the blood very rapidly. For people with diabetes from the many Asian countries that eat this rice, it is terribly hard to change to a grainier, slower digesting rice when they are older – yet, this is what they have to do often because the ‘spikes’ from Jasmine rice make it difficult to control their blood glucose levels.
Basmati rice is also a common rice around the world. This is digested much more slowly and releases glucose into the blood much more slowly. For people with diabetes, basmati rice is often a better choice. Whole grain rice are also very good.