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There are many reasons why bodybuilders might eat rice cakes.

For example, whole grains such as brown rice, often used in rice cakes, have been linked to lower risk of obesity and one study of 360,000 people revealed that those with high levels of whole grains in their diet were at 17% lower risk of death from all causes4.

Not only that, but rice cakes are believed to spike blood sugar, providing a quick burst of energy that may be desired during a workout.

Although rice cakes may be okay for diabetics as part of a balanced diet, it has been proven that rice cakes can create spikes in blood sugar and insulin, two areas of concern for diabetics.

Puffed rice cakes are considered a high-glycemic food, meaning that they can raise your blood sugar levels in a short period of time5, an effect that is undesirable to those with diabetes.

For this reason, it is recommended to eat rice cakes alongside other foods that may reduce this effect, such as proteins like meat and cheese or fibre from fruits and vegetables.

As rice cakes are often quite plain and work well with many flavours, the combinations are endless!

The main downside to eating rice cakes—at least the most common puffed rice cakes—is that although they’re low-calorie snacks, they have very few vitamins and minerals that your body needs, meaning you’re mostly filling up on empty calories.

Plus, depending on the type of rice cake you’re eating, you may also be increasing your intake of salt or sugar, both of which should be controlled as part of a balanced diet.

As part of a balanced diet, rice cakes are likely suitable for everyone.

One consideration when choosing rice cakes is that they are a high-glycemic food, meaning that they can quickly raise your blood sugar and insulin levels, something worth noting for those with diabetes.