PhilRice urges Pinoys to be ‘riceponsible’
Even if Senator Cynthia Villar already denied that a law banning the serving of unlimited rice in food establishment is in the offing, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is still urging Filipinos to be responsible in terms of their rice consumption.
PhilRice, through its ‘Be Riceponsible Campaign’, has affirmed that eating too much rice has ill effects to human health.
A study by the Harvard School of Public Health, as cited by the agency, showed that excessive rice intake may adversely affect glucose metabolism and insulin production of the body thus may result in diabetes.
According to study, carbohydrate content of one bowl of rice is equivalent to more than twice of a can of soft drink and each plate of white rice eaten in a day raises the risk of diabetes by 11 percent in the overall population.
“That is the main reason why we are promoting brown or unpolished rice as it has lower glycemic index, which means that it takes longer before it is converted to blood sugar. It also has higher satiety so you tend to eat less. Those are the reasons why it is better for diabetics compared with white rice,” explained ‘Be Riceponsible’ campaign director Myriam Layaoen.
The campaign also tries to influence policy directions and involve farmer-cooperatives to make brown rice more accessible and affordable to the general public.
“We are tapping local governments to issue ordinances and resolutions that will support the advocacy,” Layaoen further said.
“Meanwhile, we also talk to farmer groups to produce brown rice and sell it at reasonable price. We also partner with food establishments throughout the country to encourage their participation,” she added.