Rice is not killing Japanese people – at least not via cardiovascular disease.
Millions in Japan no doubt breathed a collective sigh of relief when the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study with findings that suggest the grains will not drive them to an early grave via heart attack or stroke. Diabetes is another story. (Rice consumption has been associated with risk of type 2 diabetes.)
The prospective study included 91,000 Japanese men and women, ages 40 to 69 who filled out food frequency questionnaires every five years. Researchers followed the subjects for 15-18 years, measuring the incidence of stroke, heart disease and death related to either. They found that there was no association between eating rice and the risk of mortality from stroke, heart attack or associated cardiovascular disease.
In another study of food we used to believe to be merely innocent and edible rather than villains lurking in the pantry, a recent review of research on whole wheat and health finds little support for recently popular myths about the evils of wheat consumption.
The review, published in the Journal of Cereal Science, was noted on Marion Nestle's Foodpolitics.com blog. Noted author Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University.