Saturday, July 24, 2010
Whole grains........ What are the Health Benefits?
Studies show that eating whole grains instead of refined grains lowers the risk of many chronic diseases. While benefits are most pronounced for those consuming at least 3 servings daily, some studies show reduced risks from as little as one serving daily. The message: every whole grain in your diet helps!
The main benefits of whole grains
The benefits of whole grains most documented by repeated studies include:
* stroke risk reduced 30-36%
* type 2 diabetes risk reduced 21-30%
* heart disease risk reduced 25-28%
* better weight maintenance
Other benefits indicated by recent studies include:
* reduced risk of asthma
* healthier carotid arteries
* reduction of inflammatory disease risk
* lower risk of colorectal cancer
* healthier blood pressure levels
* less gum disease and tooth loss
Summaries of Recent Whole Grain Health Research
To support the deliberations of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, Oldways and the Whole Grains Council have compiled a summary of research on whole grains and health that has been undertaken since the 2005 Dietary Guidelines. This PDF report includes information from almost four dozen studies, largely from 2006 to 2008; it augments an earlier compendium from the Bell Institute of Nutrition at General Mills.
In 2004 (Nutrition Research Reviews, May 2004; Vol 17: 99-110), Dr. Joanne Slavin of the University of Minnesota published a meta-analysis that reviewed and compiled scores of recent studies on whole grains and health, to show how whole-grain intake is protective against cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.
More information go to www.wholegrainscounc il.org