MANILA, Philippines – Senator Cynthia Villar is seeking to ban the unlimited rice promo of restaurants in the Philippines for economic and health reasons.
According to the country’s richest senator, customers should be eating less rice and consuming more vegetables in order to avoid diseases like diabetes.
“Ipagbawal na yang unlimited rice, masama yan. Pagbawal na natin yang unlimited rice kasi nagkakasakit tayo gawa ng unlimited rice na yan; we should learn how to eat vegetables,” Villar said.
In addition to the health benefits of consuming less rice, Villar said the ban would help the government attain its rice self-sufficiency target. Previously, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the government is seeking to achieve this goal by 2020.
“We should not encourage well-milled rice. Kung pwedeng brown rice, brown rice na lang. Kasi pag kinain mo, mabigat sa tiyan, konti lang nakakain mo,” Villar added.
Currently, there are various restaurants in the Philippines offering unlimited rice promos. Such promos quickly attract Filipino customers, who consider rice as their staple food.
Does consuming white rice increases your risk of diabetes?
A new study carried out by researchers at the Harvard University has concluded that white rice increases an individual’s risk of Type 2 diabetes by 10%. Although it was not clearly shown how white rice influences risk for developing diabetes, scientists believe that it may have something to do with its high glycemic index, which is a measurement of how foods affect blood sugar levels.
“White rice has long been a part of Asian diets in which diabetes risk was very low. It is white rice plus aspects of modern living — including less physical work — that conspire to elevate the incidence of Type 2 diabetes,” associate professor Dr. David Katz