Low Glycemic Rice

By GlutenFreeStacee Latest Reply 2013-05-13 05:05:20 -0500
Started 2013-04-23 13:01:07 -0500

Hello everyone,

I just joined the group today… I'm starting to make a conscious effort to follow a diabetic diet because of insulin resistance…and I just have a question… Google is usually pretty helpful but I'm not finding a clean answer and was wondering what the consensus is. What rice is best for diabetics? What is the GI for basmati, brown, and wild rice? What rice do you recommend? Thank you!

8 replies

Fefe12 2013-05-13 05:05:20 -0500 Report

Stopped eating rice. I dont miss it. Sushi may turm my head somtimes but I keep it to two pieces. Over this past year ive discovered letting go of some foods was easier when I found out I can have more of what I really like.

Caroltoo 2013-05-10 22:35:09 -0500 Report

I use wild, black, or mahogany rice. All have lots of fiber left on them and greatly decreases the speed with which glucose is absorbed into the blood stream.

95ncountin 2013-04-23 21:55:44 -0500 Report

If I eat protein with it in sufficient amount, it has minimal effect on my BG. The key for me is protein rather than type of rice. Hope that helps.

As you can see, each of us reacts differently. Key is ask, try and test. Then test, test, test. Your body will tell you what you can handle.

And welcome!!


manapua72 2013-04-23 20:39:29 -0500 Report

For me I have learned all rice sends my blood UP UP & AWAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tried all the ones you mentioned and then some … I was raised in Hawaii where most people have rice for breakfast lunch and dinner … I love rice yet I know the truth is it isn't good for me … That being said I stool eat it …

sNerTs1 2013-04-23 13:52:49 -0500 Report

Welcome to the DC Family Stacee!! You are in the perfect place to gain informational insight regarding our disease. You will find a lot of helpful hints as well as others experiences within these virtual walls. I am not as steadfast with the numbers of carbs vs indexes for rice but I can tell you my experience. I was brought up on rice, breads, potatoes, starchy veggies, etc … I refer to those as "whites" that are high in carb counts which in turn tend to spike our BS (blood sugars). Everyone is different in how these affect our BG (blood glucose) levels so it is going to take some experimentation on your part to find out the goods and bads vs amounts of each that you can have without it spiking your BGs.

While I can eat a 1/4 cup of brown rice without a spike, it might spike yours enough to make you not do it again. The norm for us diabetics is to limit our carb intake through moderation, getting in exercise and checking our BS often enough to know how our bodies are reacting.

My suggestion would be … To keep a log of your diet, check your BS 2 hours after your first bite of food and see how your body reacts. Then adjust your diet accordingly. I sure hope this helps you in one way or another. Let us know how you are doing! As a community, we care for each other and feed ideas off each other so don't be afraid to jump in or ask your questions as the only stupid question is the one not asked.

*Hugs* Cheryl