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Introducing whole grains to our daily diet may save our lives. Studies have shown that eating whole grains on a regular basis decreases the changes of dying from a heart attack.
Researchers have linked eating whole grains to lowers risks of type 2 diabetes and heart diseases. Doctors say, that the most at handy types of whole grains are, brown rice, wheat flour, whole cornmeal, popcorn and whole oats.
“Reading the ingredients of food labels, consumers will know whether the food contains any whole grain contents,” said senior author Dr. Qi Sun of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.
The daily intake of whole grains varies by age, but this type of food is included in every dietary guideline. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, whole grains should sum up half of the grains consumed each day.
The JAMA Internal Medicine has taken women studies from Nurses Health Study from 1984 to 2010 and men studies from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, taken from 1986 to 2010. Both health records and diet questionnaires were under periodic revisions. Persons who admitted to having eaten larger quantities of whole grains were more likely to be active, to promote healthier diets, to consume less alcoholic drinks and had healthier levels of cholesterol. The participants who were eating more whole grains were up to 10% less likely to die during the study, than those who were eating less.
Study authors, said, that every intake of 28 grams per day could decrease the risk of death with 5%, the risk of a heart attack with 9%. Even though consumption of whole grains showed lowered risks of heart disease, it didn’t show any improvement for cancer.
David M. Klurfeld, the leader of the United States Department of Agriculture’s national program involving human nutrition, said that this study doesn’t necessarily have an influence on mortality and that researchers haven’t even mentioned the amount of fiber consumed by the participants.
The explanation for the good benefits of whole grains could be the fact that they don’t impact negatively blood sugar and insulin levels, like refined grains and other carbohydrates do. This is why, whole grains are associated with lower risks of diabetes and heart disease.
To conclude, Dr. Sun, said that they haven’t figured out yet what is the optimal daily dose of whole grains, but studies suggest, the more the better.
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