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Researchers found an association between consuming whole grains and improved measures of risk factors for CVD.
Used data from the Framingham Offspring Cohort study (sample size, 3,121 people).
Participants who consumed the most whole grains only averaged a 0.5-inch increase in their waist circumference.
Those who consumed the least amount of whole grains averaged a 1-inch increase.
“People who eat more whole grains are able to maintain their blood sugar and blood pressure, which may help to protect against heart disease,” - Nicola McKeown, corresponding study author.
“Presence of dietary fiber in whole grains can have a satiating effect," - Caleigh Sawicki, co-author.
"Magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants may lower blood pressure. Soluble fiber may have a beneficial effect on post-meal blood sugar spikes,” - Caleigh.
Current US recommendation is to make half of your grain intake whole grain (three or more servings per day).
Study by Tufts University published in Journal of Nutrition.