Asian Indians in general and particularly in California have the highest rates of chronic diseases like heart problems and diabetics, Dr. Latha Palaniappan found in her research.
There are unique cultural, social, and biological contributing factors to this dilemma as the group has lower Body mass index. According to Dr. Palnaiappan a dramatic reduction in Type II diabetes can be achieved by making few changes to their dietary habits. “The key dietary change that I would advise for improved health is limiting the intake of refined carbohydrates, such as white rice and flour. Instead, refined carbohydrates can be substituted with whole grains, such as amaranth, barley, brown rice, millet and sorghum. Asian Indians can replace white rice with brown rice, whole-wheat couscous, quinoa, or barley. While these alternative grains have a different taste and texture than white rice, they are much more nutritionally dense and can dramatically reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and chronic disease. ” Complete interview of Dr. Palnaiappan can be found at http://www.healthyindiandiet.com/1/post/2012/04/interview-with-dr-latha-palaniappan-researcher-of-indian-americans-chronic-disease.html .
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