If you are diabetic and you must have rice on the table, eat red cargo rice instead of long grain white rice. Red Cargo rice is a good source of Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamin (Vitamin B1), fiber, iron, and calcium. However, if you don't know how to cook your red rice, or if you are not accustomed to eating red rice you may not like them. The coarse texture of cooked Red Cargo rice is not as soft as cooked long grain or white rice imported from Thailand. But if they are cooked right, you will find them quite palatable and fairly soft to chew. Red Cargo rice is also imported from Thailand. The current retail price of red rice at Oriental stores is still quite high compared to white rice. Incidentally, red cargo rice is not the same as red yeast rice. I know a friend who must eat rice. She is a diabetic for over 40 years. Anytime she eats white rice for lunch and dinner she must give herself extra insulin shots or otherwise she feels sick or dizzy. It was not uncommon for her blood sugar to rise dramatically up to 300mg/dl after dinner. But now she says she feels "normal" when she eats red rice for lunch and dinner. Her blood sugar rarely shot up over 140 mg/dl. But remember even when you eat red cargo rice you must also watch what else and how much you eat. Sometimes you may also need to take natural dietary supplements such as Cinnamon Bark capsules (600Mg) together with GTF Chromium 200 Mcg once or twice daily to help bring your blood sugar down. Many have found these supplements effective in reducing their blood sugar level. Try it. But if exercise, diet, and supplements don't work, see your humble Endocrinologist and ask your doctor for treatment and medication. Don't procrastinate and wait. Also, how you eat your food could also affect your blood sugar level after a meal. For instance, if you eat too fast and finish your large lunch or dinner in 10 minutes or less, the likelihood that your blood sugar will go high in a short time is greater than if you take your time eating. As a rule, never rush when you eat. Take time and enjoy your food slowly - 30 to 45 minutes. Slow eating also discourages you from overeating. How do you cook red rice? Place 3 cups of rice and 5 cups of water in a pot, stirring occasionally until much of the water is reduced, lower the fire and then let it stand for 15 minutes. Steam the cooked rice in a steamer for about 20 minutes to finish the cooking of the rice. Another variety of red rice is Red Jasmine rice. You would cook red Jasmine rice the same way as you would when cooking white Thai Jasmine rice. Or, you can mix some Red Cargo rice with some Red Jasmine rice and cook them that way, adding more or less water as you like in a cooking pot while stirring occasionally. Once the water in the pot is reduced, you can place the rice in a steamer and steam them for a few minutes more until they are soft. Enjoy your nutritious red cargo rice.