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Whole Grain Consumption Reduces the Risk of Premature Death

by Shirley Johanna on  June 14, 2016 at 11:18 AM Diet & Nutrition News   - G J E 4
Eating three servings of whole grains every day reduces the risk of early death by lowering the rates of death from heart disease and cancer, according to a new study.
Whole Grain Consumption Reduces the Risk of Premature Death
Whole Grain Consumption Reduces the Risk of Premature Death
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For each 16-gram serving of whole grains, public health researchers at Harvard University noted a seven percent decrease in overall risk of death, including a nine percent decline in risk of heart disease death and five percent decline in risk of cancer-related death.

‘Whole grains such as whole wheat, oats, brown rice, and quinoa, help improve cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.’
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Upping whole grain intake to three servings per day, or 48 grams, brought about a 20 percent drop in overall risk of death, including a 25 percent decline in risk of heart disease death and 14 percent decline in risk of cancer-related death.

For their research, scientists analyzed results of more than 12 previous studies conducted between 1970 and 2010 in the United States, Britain, and Scandinavian countries, involving 786,076 male and female participants.

"These findings further support current dietary guidelines that recommend at least three daily servings (or 48 grams) of whole grains to improve long-term health and prevent premature death," senior author Qi Sun of Harvard's Department of Nutrition said in a statement.

He warned against popular low-carbohydrate diets that ignore the benefits of whole grains, saying they should be "adopted with caution" because they may be linked to higher risk of heart disease and death.

Whole grains include foods such as whole wheat, oats, brown rice, and quinoa. They contain fiber, which may improve cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity and type two diabetes.

Whole grains also provide nutrients like B vitamins and minerals that are lost during the refining process.

The American Heart Association recommends a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and says least half of grain consumption should be whole grains.

Among the participants in the combined studies, there was a total of 97,867 deaths, including 23,597 deaths from cardiovascular disease and 37,492 deaths from cancer.

The study was published online in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association.

Source: AFP
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