The study revealed that even obese and sedentary people can benefit from eating whole grains.
Dr. Lu Qi, researcher at Harvard Medical School in Boston and one of the scientists involved in the study, said that people should start eating more whole grains and stop eating too many foods that contain refined carbohydrates.
Dr. Qi explained that eating more whole grains can help people lose weight. According to the experts, a diet rich in whole grains does not increase the calorie intake, on the contrary, it has been known to lower it.
The researchers studied the whole fiber that is used in grain products, such as cereal and bread.
For this study, the researchers tracked approximately 370,000 white people from the United States and observed them from the mid-1990s. All the participants were surveyed until 2009.
The participants were members of AARP and were between the ages of 50 and 71.
The study didn’t take into consideration the participants who suffered from stroke, heart disease or cancer. This means that the study does not apply to older people as a whole.
After the researchers adjusted the statistics they found that the participants who consumed the most fiber had a 17% lower risk of dying prematurely, compared to those who hardly or didn’t eat any whole grains.
However, the researchers said that the risk of death during the study period was low. Approximately 12% of the participants (almost 46,000) died during the study.
The study showed that the participants who ate the most fiber were more likely to have a higher education, were less likely to suffer from obesity and less likely to have smoking habits, as compared to those who ate the least whole grains.
The ones who consumed the most fiber were also less likely to eat red meat.
The study also revealed that eating whole grains on a regular basis can lower the risk of death caused by diabetes and lung disease.
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