Whole Grains, Live Longer

Did you hear? People who consume whole grains, like quinoa, barley and freekeh to name a few, live longer! According to a recent Harvard School of Public Health study, people who eat a whole grain-rich diet live longer. It’s true…

You may wonder why whole grains equals a longer shelf life, so to speak, and basically it comes down to the benefit from bran. Bran is the fibrous coating that processing removes from whole wheat and brown rice. A significant point is that bran intake alone was linked to up to 6 percent lower overall death risk and up to 20 percent lower cardiovascular disease-related risk.

We have known for some time that consuming whole grains has been linked to lowering the risk of common chronic diseases, such as type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But, this is the first study that associates whole grains consumption and lowering mortality rate.

This long-term study appears in the JAMA Internal Medicine and was conducted by Harvard researchers reviewing data from more than 74,000 women from the Nurses’ Health Study and more than 43,000 men from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. The professionals involved in the study filled out questionnaires about their diets every two to four years from the mid-1980s to 2010.

Even with fad diets that promote skipping grains, the truth be told through sound medical science once again. Whole grains are healthy, help prevent chronic diseases and help one live longer! What’s not to love about whole grains?

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