Three Portions of Whole Grains a Day May Protect Against Heart Disease

According to a new study, conducted by a team of researchers from Tufts University in Massachusetts, eating just three portions of whole grains a day could help reduce the waist size, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.Three Portions of Whole Grains a Day May Protect Against Heart Disease

For their study, the scientists used data from the Framingham Heart Study Offspring Cohort, which started in the 1970s and included 3,100 who were mostly white and, on average, in their mid-50s at the beginning of data collection.

The researchers compared changes in the 5 risk factors over four-year intervals, across four categories of whole-grain intake that ranged from less than a half serving a day to three or more servings a day.

Having analyzed the available data, the scientists found that for each four-year interval, waist size increased by an average of over 1 inch in the participants with low intake of whole-grain foods compared to 1/2 an inch in the high intake participants.

Nicola McKeown, one of the study authors, comments: “Our findings suggest that eating whole grain foods as part of a healthy diet delivers health benefits beyond just helping us lose or maintain weight as we age. In fact, these data suggest that people who eat more whole grains are better able to maintain their blood sugar and blood pressure over time.”

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