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Is not eating rice a cause for anemia?

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May 28, 2008 6:53AM

== == Most definitely. Rice is a staple of most diets. The lack of rice in one's diet can and in most cases will promote anemia.

Considering the diets of many other cultures and their lack of the anemic disease further reinforces this hypothesis.

No. Anemia is caused by the loss of red blood cells in the blood stream that transports oxygen and nutrients to the body. Anemia usually is caused by defective bone marrow that doesn't produce red blood cells, excessive blood loss or other genetic or pathogen disease. Iron is the mineral lost in anemia. Starch is the nutrient in rice.

There are lots of types of anemias, but as a general rule to treat anemia simply increase the protein intake to raise iron levels.