If you follow this blog at all you will know I am constantly telling you to rid your pantry of white rice. This is especially important for diabetics but should apply to everyone. If you are wondering why, here is your answer: White rice starts out as a whole grain of rice (yes, a healthy whole grain) but it is polished until just the endosperm is left. Basically, the endosperm is an easily digestible starch bomb and that is not healthy for your body. Studies have shown that eating white rice in large quantities or often can significantly raise blood glucose levels. This can cause weight gain and may lead to diabetes and the health problems it causes. No need to avoid rice in your diet, just give up the ultra polished white rice. You can switch to brown rice in your recipes and most will never notice the difference.