Asians Were Skinny On Rice For 1000s Of Years – Then Things Went Terribly Wrong – Doctor Explains

Asians Were Skinny On Rice For 1000s Of Years – Then Things Went Terribly Wrong – Doctor Explains


Is rice bad for you? Rice has been a
staple for billions of people for a very long time
Asians have stayed skinny eating rice for thousands of years, but then
something went wrong. In this video you’re going to learn about the Asian
paradox and you’ll understand what really happened coming right up hey I’m dr. Ekberg I’m a holistic doctor
and a former Olympic decathlete and if you want to truly master health by
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weight gain obesity insulin resistance and diabetes have become a worldwide
problem especially in the last 3040 years it started in the Western world
but now it’s becoming a worldwide problem and since it’s well known today
that carbohydrates is the strongest trigger of insulin which drives insulin
resistance and diabetes the most successful diets have been low carb so
keto is the furthest version it’s the strictest version of low carb along with
intermittent fasting and that’s where they get the best results but then there
is this counter-argument that in the midst of that it seems like the Asians
are still really skinny and this is called the Asian paradox and it says if
carbs are so bad then how come the Asians can eat all that rice and don’t
have any of those problems ok that’s that’s the basis of the Asian paradox so
the first thing we need to understand the first thing we need to examine is if
it’s valid so let’s do a little bit of a reality check and let’s look at obesity
and diabetes in the two largest countries in Asia India and China they
have over a billion people each so in 1975 India had 1.5 percent obesity and
in 2014 less than 40 years later about two generations they had 8% more than a
500% increase in two generations in China
I went from 3.5% to 18% again over a five fold increase and if we look at the
rural boys in China then in less than 30 years it’s gone from 0.3% to 17.2%
that’s not a five hundred percent that’s a five hundred fold increase so
something that was no existent now is almost one in five so
something has changed and the main thing to understand is that there is no Asian
paradox they are in the middle of this just like the rest of the world and when
we look at diabetes since 1980 to 2014 India has gone from 12 million cases to
64 million cases and China has gone from 20 million to 103 million these two
countries have the highest prevalence of diabetes in the world today there don’t
have as high a percentage as the US but they have more people so there’s
more diabetics in those countries and there unfortunately only lagging a few
years or a couple of decades behind because they’re following the same
social and and dietary trends for thousands of years rice was a staple and
people were doing extremely well on it then a few hundred years ago 16 – 1700s
somewhere they learned to polish the rice they refined it they turned brown
rice into white rice but it was only the rich that could afford it and the rich
probably ate some other things too so it wasn’t that big a deal but then in 1850
in the second half of the 19th century they learned to polish it very
inexpensively and what promoted this trend was trade that when they traded
the rice they had to transport it on ships and if the rice had a bunch of
nutrients then it would spoil so when you polish the rice you remove the
nutrients when you take brown rice and turn it into white you take away most of
the nutrients so there’s less stuff that can spoil that can interact with the
oxygen but then you’re also taking away the stuff that your body really wants
let’s look at the difference here between brown rice and white rice
because rice is often promoted as a complex carb they say that Oh sugar is
bad but rice is good because it’s a complex carb well when we look at the
glycemic index quickly it affects blood sugar then rice
is in the 60s somewhere depending on which study you look at brown is a few
points better than than white but they’re both very high glycemic index
they’re still mostly starch so yes you’re much better off eating brown than
white but they’re still gonna trigger a tremendous amount of blood sugar brown
rice has starch protein fiber vitamins and minerals it’s the complete package
the way it grew in nature but when we turn it into white rice we keep all the
starch that’s basically the starchy portion of the brown rice but we polish
away about half or so of the protein and we polish way virtually all the fiber
all the vitamins and all the minerals so now it is arguably about the same as
white sugar it is basically an empty calorie and what happened in Asia at the
time because this was the main staple is that people started developing something
called beriberi and we don’t have the exact numbers because they didn’t keep
statistics back then but there were probably tens of millions maybe hundreds
of millions that had varying degrees of beriberi and beriberi is a is a
deficiency of thiamine or vitamin b1 and this is a necessary vitamin for energy
production and for nerve function and so forth so these people developed weakness
extreme weakness to the point of paraplegia where some of them couldn’t
even move or walk and in some cases it led to death it also led to swelling
especially in the lower extremities it led to pain loss of appetite and even
more severe neurological syndromes and beriberi is the root of the word is
weak weak or I can’t I can’t so that just gets back into the weakness
and the the paraplegia that that results but eventually they figured out what
caused the problem and the late 1800s they started identifying
vitamins and eventually someone also got a Nobel price for this in the early
1900s so the solution was to enrich the white rice so here’s what enrichment is
and one of my teachers dr. Goldberg explained this the best and it stuck
with me that enrichment if I want to enrich you then I take a dollar from you
and I give you back a penny and now I have enriched you because what they take
away is the fiber and the vitamins and the minerals and they don’t just take
away the thiamine they take away B one two three four five six seven eight nine
ten eleven twelve and they put back one so like they take a dollar they put back
a penny so it’s enough to not get beriberi but you’re still eating a
depleted food you’re still eating empty calories it’s still roughly the same as
sugar in terms of nutrition and if you look up beriberi today it’ll say that
it’s a very rare disease so I thought oh well a case here and there well it
turned out rare means less than 200,000 cases in the United States alone so it’s
still a huge deal and I think that’s very sad because the solution to beriberi is whole food it is virtually impossible to get it if you actually eat
food the other group that gets it a lot other than people eating junk food are
alcoholics because they hardly eat any food at all they get the only thing they
care about is the alcohol but it goes back to the same thing if you just eat
food you’re not going to get it so let’s look at a few other factors
about what has been going on because Asians have been eating rice for
thousands of years and they were doing relatively well and then in the last
hundred and fifty to two hundred years they ate more of the refined rice but
that still leaves us a gap because it’s only in the last few decades that
we’ve seen this explosion of obesity and diabetes so what else has changed well
200 years ago 85% of the world lived in extreme poverty and today that number is
less than 9% so the majority of the world’s population has moved from
extreme poverty to middle class and a lot of these numbers and a lot of these
concepts we have huge misconceptions about so I would recommend that you go
and read the book called factfullness by the Swedish statistician and
researcher Hans Rosling Hans Rosling in English he explains a lot of the things
that are actually happening in the world as opposed to the way we think they’re
happening in the world another interesting fact from fact
fullness is that in the last 20 years alone poverty has declined by almost 50%
so we have less than half the poverty in the world today than we did just 20
years ago and with that poverty means that people don’t have enough to eat
when they move out of poverty that means they have enough to eat
food goes from being a scarcity to something that is adequate or plenty
what else has happened in the last 50 years it’s not just rice but we’ve had
more and more and more processed foods and these processed foods started in the
United States and in the Western world but now they’re spreading across the
globe so we have more packaged food we have more white bread we have more white
rice we have more fast-food restaurants we have more sugar more high fructose
corn syrup more chemicals so all of these things matter so if we try to put
this together a little bit then number eight here they the reason they could
eat the rice for as long as they did without developing problem was that for
most of that time they were under a calorie restriction calories were scarce
food was a scarcity and also they were working hard
they were out in the fields they were working they didn’t have time for snacks
they probably ate once or twice a day for the most part okay so that’s what we
talked about today is intermittent fasting eating fewer meals so that you
eat something with carbohydrate like rice and then you trigger insulin
and the insulin stores the excess glucose but if you don’t eat again for
several hours if you only eat a couple times a day and you’re working in the
field now you’re going to use up those stored calories you’re going to whatever
has been converted to fat or glycogen you’re gonna use it up before you eat
again and you never have a chance to develop insulin resistance and you can’t
develop insulin resistance if calories if food is scarce now on the
other hand in the last 40 years and escalating is we have had more food
there’s fewer poor people calories are not scarce anymore we are more sedentary
we work more office jobs so we have time and opportunity to eat more frequent
meal we have the means we have the prosperity and the meet the opportunity
to eat more frequent meals and now we start developing insulin resistance so
it’s not as simple a question as is rice good or bad for you white rice is gonna
be bad in the long run because it is refined it’s not a complete food brown
rice could potentially be an okay food so here’s what we need to look at to
determine if you would be okay to maybe have some brown rice so under the yes
column we have if your insulin sensitive so if you’ve had some tests if you’re
lean if you’re active then it should be alright if food is still scarce then
rice is not a problem because rice it raises blood sugar you store away the
excess and you retrieve the excess there will never be a buildup there will never
be insulin resistance food is scarce and that’s again has been
the case for most of the thousands of years that Asians have been eating rice
but it is no longer the case if you have an active lifestyle if you are young and
or if you do intermittent fasting then rice is probably okay it may not be
optimal it may not be the absolute best thing but so it’s an effective efficient
way to feed the world if food is scarce so when is it not okay to eat rice well
if your insulin resistant if you’ve already developed insulin resistance now
your body is resisting burning that fat and every time you eat some rice and you
trigger more insulin you’ll increase the tendency to store more you will promote
insulin resistance and we virtually impossible to reverse to reduce insulin
resistance if you keep putting in the carbs so the rules have changed when you
became insulin resistance you can’t look at a skinny person and say oh this
person is doing this and it works for them you need to do that and just work
out more it doesn’t work like that if there is plenty of food if there is
frequent meals and always a little excess now rice is not a good idea
because it’s going to trigger insulin and insulin is going to make you more
hungry if food is plenty you’re going to eat more if food is scarce not a problem
if you have a sedentary lifestyle if you are older or if you eat three or more
meals a day then rice would not be a good idea and I saw some videos of
some young people some attractive teenage 20 year old people who said that
oh well I eat rice and it’s the natural thing for Asian and it’s good for me
well that person hasn’t gotten into this category yet so sure if your insulin
sensitive and active and young and so forth then it’ll take 10, 15, 20 years for you to develop that problem and that is why we see these tremendous
shifts in diabetes and obesity because it takes a while to to develop that
problem for it to manifest so if we look at this problem on a more global scale
where are we heading well diabetes type 2 which was basically unknown 200 years
ago now has 425 million people in the world have type 2 diabetes and they are
projecting that in 2045 that will be 629 million and they think that the most of
that increase is going to happen in Southeast Asia because that’s where the
largest number of people are and they have just started this ballooning trend
now I hate to say this because I’d like to have a positive outlook on things but
I think that 629 million is a gross understatement because we are just
seeing the beginning of this trend we are seeing more prosperity in the world
we are getting the entire world into the middle class and moving up toward better
and better prosperity we are seeing more and more processed foods and we have
more and more of these people who are already insulin resistant so the way
insulin resistance works again I’ve talked about this in some previous
videos that early on you are insulin sensitive there’s a balance between
glucose and insulin so glucose would be the blue one and insulin would be the
red one but glucose is a controlled variable so 5 or 10 years later the
glucose is still the same because the body is working really hard at keeping
it where it is but insulin has gone up because of all these factors insulin
resistance multiple meals processed foods so it takes more work to keep the
blood sugar down but if we only measure blood sugar we’re not going to see this
and then 15 20 years later blood-glucose is
still okay but it takes three four five times more insulin to keep it down and
then in the end 15 20 25 years into the process now we have type-2 diabetes so
when they talk about these numbers the four hundred and twenty five million
diabetics I think we have three billion people at least who are somewhere in the
process here so again I hate to be negative in that sense but let’s look at
it positively if we understand this if we start understanding insulin
resistance instead of just obesity or blood sugar then we can start doing
something about it and this number doesn’t have to get into the billions
but we have to change something so rice has been a good staple and it still
works if you eat the whole brown rice and your insulin sensitive you’re young
you’re active etc but for most of the world’s population it is not a good idea
anymore because in the US for example eighty seven percent of people are
officially overweight that means eighty seven percent of people are
insulin resistant there is probably less than ten percent over in this group who
are perfectly balanced who have insulin sensitivity the rest of the population
are moving in the wrong direction so is rice good or bad for you well brown rice
can be alright under certain circumstances depending on you white
rice is barely better than white sugar so you want to avoid it except maybe a
few times a year when you have a really good sushi if you enjoyed this video
then I’m sure you’re gonna love that one thank you so much for watching I’ll see
you in the next video

100 thoughts on “Asians Were Skinny On Rice For 1000s Of Years – Then Things Went Terribly Wrong – Doctor Explains

  1. Learn more about how to reverse insulin resistance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcQUghF2SKY&list=PLpTTF6wMDLR6yH6LNwrexQT6nssWxj7_Q
    9:50 the book mention can be found on Amazon https://amzn.to/32nfC50
    Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling

  2. In japan our obesity rate is only 1/10 of US, but the rate of diabetes per capita is the same in the both countries. We also have the fastest growing number of dementia patients in the world. We are not fat and live longer, but not healthy either. And this is nothing to do w/ westernized diet mind you. This fact is something you folks in the west need to realize.

  3. Great Info. In addition I would also say that in China specifically, the increased popularity of the western diet and surge in American fast food restaurants has created a toxic situation. When you consider the consumption of rice, coupled with the high carb processed foods, cooked in poor quality oils at western fast food chains in China IE: McDonald's, Taco Bell, KFC, Starbucks, etc you have a recipe for metabolic disease.

  4. Frankly, beyond the rice issue, you are making it more and more easier to understand the whole picture. That is extremely useful.There is a lot of value in catching the magnitude of the challenge here, individually and for mankind. Thank you Dr. Ekberg.

  5. This is what I am trying to eplain to everybody for months… carbs like pottatoes and rice saved civilizations from starving, but now in times of richness, its the killer.

  6. This video is pure Gold! 🏆lets smash that like button and share this info with everyone we know and love! Thanks Dr Ekberg for sharing all this knowledge with us loyal subscribers 🤪
    Have a great day my friend ✌🏼😎👍🏼

  7. Hi Dr. Sten Ekberg! You are an incredible teacher and trainer, calm and practicing equanimity.
    I'm curious, I've been doing keto for 3 months, 10-20 carbs per day and 85g of fat per day. IF for about 15-18 hours, if I do any longer I feel dizzy, and 2 meals a day. I haven't lost weight, and feel tired sometimes. I'd like to loose weight. I've been intermittent jogging 2miles a day. Am I just adjusting to this new way of life? How long could it take for someone like me to lose weight? Does insulin resistance take a long time to heal?

  8. People in India have become more health conscious in recent years and perhaps therefore an increase in the incidence of diabetes mellitus type 2. Food alone does not play a role. It is the genes. Asian people living in the west eating western food still have a higher risk of developing diabetes mellitus type 2 compared to their western counterparts.

  9. I'm a Filipino currently living here in south Korea for almost 5 years now. In my first year last 2015 I gained weight from 64kgs to 78kgs early this year. I was alarmed. So I realized that I was eating too much and I eat every time I got a chance. Last August I tried 18/6 I.F. I skipped my breakfast. I still eat rice but cut it in a very minimal serving. I eat a lot of veggies,kimchi etc. I cut down sugar, no more fastfoods. For 3 months I went down to 66kgs which is ideal for my height. Low carb and i.f. is the way to go for me along with green veggies and exercise as simple as walking.

  10. Dr Sten – Thank you for such brilliant, logical and clear explanations of these complex issues. You make it simple to understand. The proof of the pudding is in the eating – and one size definitely does not fit all! I'm still shrinking…😊 Thank you!

  11. Love your videos Dr Ekberg! Thank you 🙏. I am from Iran and we grew up on rice. I also raised my children on our traditional cuisine. Both of my parents have type 2 diabetes and I am prediabetic even though we didn’t eat junk foods, or processed foods or even drank soda. We only ate what we thought was healthy home made, balanced meals. But because we ate rice or pasta with each meal and cereal for breakfast and drank skim milk with our meals as well cooked with vegetable oils, we are all sick with metabolic syndrome. We even snacked on fruit, nuts and home made muffins because we thought that was healthy. 😢

  12. I've been traveling to Asia for more than 20 years and now live in Thailand. I worked for two months in Thailand in 2003. What a change in bodies of young Thais since that time. Some 99 percent of young women (focal of my attention for purely sociological reasons) were very slim. At beaches, all had slim thighs, J.P. Donovan's famous space between thighs. Returning 12 years later, wow, so many young men and women are noticeably stocky, and at swimming pools, many kids under 12 are as stocky as American kids.

  13. As always, well timed, fantastic video, have been discussing rice with colleagues! I have a question: @15 min you say that rice triggers insulin and that insulin will make you more hungry…. is this true? Do you explain this elsewhere? So if we are able to limit insulin events, it will decrease our hunger pangs? Thanks in advance! Love the channel! I tell as many people as I can!

  14. Dr Ekberg, i was rather surprised to see the simularities with the map of air pollution of USA and the map of diebetes within the population. The pollution in asia has considerable increased over the last few decades also. Obviously correlation doesn't mean cause, this is for sure but the more i look the more i find arguments that indicate that pollution plays a far bigger role in our recent decline in health than we are being led to believe.

  15. Dear Doctor Ekberg,
    I am Asian and found out the hard way that Rice and its by products are evil.
    Why? Because It is the staple diet and the main cause of the development of metabolic syndrome among present generation of Asians.
    It is the hard reality, my observation is that more than 50% of Asians are affected in different degrees and the curse is a growing epidemic.
    You are not being negative it’s the bitter truth. Thanks

  16. I only eat cooled down white rice to turn it into resistant starch. Super easy to digest. Love it.
    And NO I can’t eat brown rice, full of lectins.

  17. I just LOVE it when you do case studies. That way , my understanding of the subject sinks in deeper and I hope so with everyone else

  18. Nice! I eat rice when at my retirement home in Thailand but not here as my rice is grown and cooked right next to our house not the polished crap we get here. In fact every thing comes from our land from meat to asparagus. Don't eat any north American menu! And most of the garden work is hand performed every day! And besides it never snows there right! 55555555hahahahaha!

  19. As an Asian, it was so hard to stay on keto at first because Rice is Life 😂 but I got rid of it.

    However, I have a toddler so I was really conflicted on what to feed him so I feed him brown rice instead of the usual white.

  20. I lost 40 pounds eating a whole plant-based diet consisting of 80% carbohydrate, around 10% fat and 10% protein. And I'm not even Asian.

  21. Well explained Dr. I don't believe in this Asian Paradox as an Asian myself. It is the environment that make most Asians skinny. Many Asians are still skinnier because they don't travel by car, the portions in Asia is much smaller overall, and most Asians work longer hours than Americans. A typical American lifestyle involves walking to the car and driving to work or school. Eating 3 big meals and hitting the gym only 1-2 a week. The typical Asian in Asia has to walk 10-15mins to the train station and stand for 45-60min in the packed trains and back again. The portions of each meal especially drinks are much smaller than the US. And many Asians drink lots of teas instead of sodas.

  22. Question is brown rice worse for the gut? I helped a family member with digestive issues just getting them to switch from whole gain bread to white bread

  23. Processed foods is the great gift of western Countries to entire world. My great grandfather and great grand mother lived more than 100 years without any disease and here I’m at 35, diabetic, heart patient, and 3-4 other major ailments.

  24. I'm a Chinese who grew up in an ordinary small city in China where there was no western-style fast food until I graduated from middle school and went to the university, and the commodity economy of China especially of a small city in China back then was nowhere near what is like today's China, thus I never had any western-style fast food and stayed a very Chinese way of eating before going to the university in Beijing, and had been extremely lean and sporty when I was a child, and not that lean but still lean during senior middle school when I unfortunately developed a hobby for sodas :D. But during my university time in Beijing, I started to eat a lot of fast food, however this is still not the worst, after I graduated, got a job and was sent abroad as an expat in South Asian and SEA countris, I started to drink a lot of sodas and eat a lot of snacks (coz it's just too hot there and being in the project sites in remote places in developing countries basically means that I don't have more interesting things to do 😀 ) and I started to "expand" then. But years later after I went back to China, I decided to cut any soda or snacks and went to gym for about a year, and now my body fat is about 19%, though this is nothing near to the healthy figure I once had.

  25. I live in a rural village in Thailand. The local clinic offers free checks on blood pressure and blood sugar. I would say that three quarters of the people ,mostly women, men will be working in the fields will be over the limits. As you say, the field workers are generally slim, not many women work in the fields, the whole village is overweight, the female part anyway, . My wife came back this morning and told me she had blood sugar 138, was told to eat more vegetables and less salt. No need to go to a doctor unless your blood sugar is > 200-300 !
    We are rice farmers and have no means of transforming our harvest into brown rice, which my wife doesn't like anyway. We already decided to sell this first harvest, use the money to buy cheap rice for the poultry. However the wife WILL go on keto and I shall have to check on what is being brought into the house. She wants to do something about it but gulps when I tell her the basics of Keto. Thais generally don't plan further than the next meal, no need, food is always there….

  26. Southeast Asian here as a proud U.S. citizen. Grandfather had diabetes and overall poor health before death. Mother is diabetic and poor health overall. Everyone in that family is obese or overweight except maybe a few of the kids. Even a majority of the young kids are overweight or obese.

    Father had a heart attack needing 5 bypasses at 53 and has gout. His sister died of cancer in 60's. His brother had a stroke in his late 50's.

    So, I've got terrible issues on both sides of the blood. Generally, there is an overall disregard for health and well being. I choose differently for myself, have been doing keto and am working on improving my approach to my body and mind. I DO NOT want what I've witnessed happen to others.

    Thank you Dr. Ekberg for the informative video! It's definitely what I've seen first hand.

  27. Rice used to have more nutrient compare to now.

    Now, with the very high demand for rice make producer process the rice to stretch the quantity.
    So producer went for quantity instead of quality.
    Or more so, mixed quantity and quality, because it costly to have so much quality food.
    Lastly, producer producer spray toxic things on the roots which reduce all the rice benefits.

  28. I’m Asian I grew up with rice and I love rice but I’m scared to eat it now. Before starting keto diet I thought I would die without eating rice and bread 🍞 🤣🤣🤣 I have lost 25 lbs in the past 3 months since started keto diet and I have learned so much from it I don’t feel like I would want to go back to the same diet again

  29. What about the lectins in brown rice? "Brown rice also contains lectins, which (just like phytates) bind to vitamins and minerals and prohibit them from being absorbed by the body. While whole grains are great in theory, the fact that they contain phytates and lectins make them difficult to digest and also act as an anti-nutrient to the food you eat." I see a hole in this theory, blaming white rice.

  30. I would assume that with higher income meat consumption went up as well. Did you consider that? Especially as the obesity only took off as you point out after 1995.

  31. Excellent topic, I m a south Indian, where rice is eaten three times a day, now that's where the t2d and cancer is in epidemic proportion.. Thank you very nice analysis..

  32. very informative video, really made those difficult things easy to understand.
    Dr. Sten Ekberg, please make a vidoe on hairloss and how to increase heigth Or their concepts, because there is a lot of misinformation out there. Tthankyou.

  33. Hi Dr. Ekberg, what you said is really the truth. I live in Shanghai, China. When I'm in a shopping mall or when I'm on streets, I often observe people and I find that 90% of men have big belly. Some women are overweight as well, but the proportion on men is much higher than that on women.

  34. I'm Asian and i was obese until I started keto diet with IF OMAD. I looked around me, mostly younger crowd below 30s are slim and majority of the older ones above 35 onwards, are overweight.
    The basic food for lunch and dinner here is rice and noodles, and breakfast is bread and buns.
    I can see how your video is relevant.
    I really enjoy your video, structured and easy to understand. Way to go!

  35. Get out of the office, ban machines and chemicals in food harvesting/production and work on the field real satisfying useful and honest work 5 hours a day

  36. 1. who makes those german titles? they arent always (as we germans say) the yellow from the egg.
    2. why do they exist when the vid itself has no german subtitles? that makes absolutely no sense.
    someone who understands english doesnt need it and someone who doesnt understand english is clickbaited because he doesnt understand ** in the vid itself.

  37. In my country rice is the main food. I used to eat rice a lot (>50% of my food). Now I am low carb and eat very little rice and bread for 2 years. Funny fact is, my weight and body form has not changed at all.
    My conclusion: There are other more important factors in play.

  38. Informative video. But labrats that eat only processed carb or eat only fats stay lean, healthy and live a long life. But rats that were fed processed carbs mixed with fats in a 50/50 mix ate all the time and soon get really fat and sick. And the die young (30% shorter life). In India and China they used to eat rice with vegetables and beans. Now they eat it with fats(oils) and meat. Big difference in hunger, apatite and fat storage. If you have plenty of rice, vegetables and beans you still don't want to eat a lot and often. It's satisfying if you avoid fat and protein. And fat and protein is satisfying if you avoid carbs.

  39. I had been following LCHF and keto and had been in my best physical shape ever and mentally alert(at age 50)…I belong to india from the south part which is predominantly rice eating. .and we eat brown rice since child hood…I fully agree all the points. …chemicals, usage of processed oil ipo mechanically extracted coconut oil and western food has affected the health of the people in south india

  40. Basically, it goes like this:

    Everything and everywhere man touches or changes, becomes s..t. We are doomed to all get poisoned, air, earth, food, water..all. The day will come where one clean bottle of pure water will cost 1,000.000 dollars, for the very few who can afford it. In China they already sell empty cans of ''pure'' air. The world and all people in it, are a joke.

    Thanks for the video. All your videos are great 🙂

  41. The common perception of Asians and rice is probably not very accurate historically. In Japan, rice production was essentially synonymous with the economic output of a given taxable district. It may have been a key agricultural product, being the most lucrative, but peasant farmers were hardly getting fat off eating the source of their productivity. Most ate sorghum, millet, other grains and food sources of lower economic value. Rice would have been more of a luxury food item, rather than the cheap filler it is today.

    So no; Asians didn't get skinny by eating rice. They never did. They were skinny because they didn't eat a lot of rice because it was simply too valuable, similar to how refined sugar and salt were interchangeable with money in Europe during the same time frame.

  42. I put 2 TBSP of vinegar either ACV or balsamic in my rice and it seems to keep my blood sugar from going high and I don't get that sleepy feeling after the meal.

  43. India has a policy. Their goal is to get every citizen two meals a day. This could explain the 1.5% obesity rate in 1975. Most were undernourished and calorie deprived.

  44. For this subject you should have study Japan not china or India. They don't have overweight problem & they eat rice almost every day.

  45. From what source did you get the 1975 and 2014 China and India data? I stopped watching 3:18 mark when I realized that your hypothesis was based on data but could not find source after rewatching beginning of video again.

  46. The most obvious reason for increasing.obesity is obviously increased in consumption of food. People in general eat more, eat food higher in calories, eat more meat and deep fried food and of course, all the processed junk food on top of that.

  47. The reason Asians didn't get diabesity when they consumed white rice as a staple is because they didn't consume it with massive amounts of animal products.

  48. This video clarifies a lot and answers many questions I have had for a while. Is brown rice healthy? ANSWER: it depends and this is why… Thank you so much Dr. Berg!

  49. What a perfect video. This video should be shown in school, colleges and universities. A lot of bad advice from doctors, this video can counter all that misinformation

  50. Excellent lesson. Plz consider the excessive w6 in clear bottle cooking oils. It is just my opinion but when we consider the incorrect w3 to w6 ratio in consumption then we can observe causation in IR. I suggest exclusive cold pressed olive and coconut oils as a larger part of the diet. As an extreme statement, please consider chewable foods as the excuse to consume those two oils whether in the fry pan or the jumbo green salads. Lots.

  51. Oh it's far worse than that.

    Some estimates for insulin resistance/hyperinsulinemia in China are greater than 50 percent.  

    Which is the true diagnosis of diabetes.

    Brown rice is fine to consume as long as you starve yourself and work like an ancient Egyptian slave.

  52. yeah cause we were infiltrated by the white man forced opium on the nation, had to go to war just to get rid of it. Should i go on ?

  53. White rice has almost no nutritional value but fills you up – keeping you from eating bad foods that make you fat.

  54. Asians also drastically increased their animal product consumption. Saturated fat lipotoxicity in the cell causes high blood sugars..it gums up the cells ability to uptake glucose. Low fat veganism works as does low carb. Its the combination of high animal fat AND high glycemic foods that creates diabetes. Dr Sten DIDN'T even address that!! There are a ton of low fat high carbers reversing diabetes on youtube.. look it up! When I was on high fat low carb just one banana would shoot my blood sugars up.. Now on a low fat near-vegan 80% carb diet my blood sugars are NORMAL. Crazy! My mourning glucose levels were HIGHER on low carb animal based diet (109). Now I'm eating 400 more grams of carbs a day and my morning glucose is 85!!!

  55. Dr. Sten you have done wonderful study and I do not about people other than Indians but your analysis is right on target. Now people in my known circles are of conclusion that even healthy people cannot avoid life style diseases after 40 yrs. In fact I find it difficult to convince people on low carb diet. Appreciation 👏👏👏👏👏

  56. Your analogy is wrong because more than half of Indians eat wheat only a fraction eat rice. Please take Bangladesh or Vietnam as your research countries.

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