Importantly RICE is the least allergenic grain you can get. People who suffer from multiple allergy syndrome go back to eating plain rice, pure water and a small amount of organic lamb meat as the least irritating diet possible, while they gradually introduce other foods to see what their allergies are. I see questions on Ask.com all the time asking what to do about chronically stuffed noses - and the answer is to cut out ALL wheat, rye and barley from the diet and eat rice as the only grain. Works like magic. Rice is a very complex carbohydrate, so it isn't much of a risk for diabetics - Type 2 diabetes comes from America's insistence on putting sugar into everything. A billion Chinese eat only rice every day and Diabetes is rare, because they can't afford sugar!