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Whole Grains Reduce Heart Disease, Diabetes and Cancer Risk: Study

by VR Sreeraman on August 31, 2009 at 4:06 PM
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 Whole Grains Reduce Heart Disease, Diabetes and Cancer Risk: Study

Stressing on the importance whole grains, experts have claimed that incorporating them in the diet can lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and certain cancers.

Lona Sandon, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, says that it's important for people to keep whole grains in their daily diet.

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"Research shows that whole grains are good for your heart, lower risk of diabetes and stroke, and may help prevent certain cancers. They also help in managing weight," she said.

Sandon said that whole grains are chock full of good-for-you nutrients including fiber, folate and niacin, vital B vitamins, and magnesium.

"The phytochemicals found in whole grains have been shown to have health promoting and disease prevention benefits," she added.
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Sandon recommended that adults aim for three servings, or 48 grams, of whole grains a day.

She advised that people should by rule look for the words "Made with whole grain" and "100 percent whole grain" on packages.

She gave other going-with-the-grain tips, which include swapping whole wheat breadstuffs for white rolls and breads, using whole wheat bread crumbs for stuffing.

Adding wild rice or brown rice to dishes as well as serving whole wheat crackers with hors d'oeuvres can also ensure that there is a good amount of whole grains in your diet.

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