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Eating whole grains may help you live longer

February 12, 2015

Here’s a great idea …
Eating more whole grains may reduce your risk of death from cardiovascular disease according to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). “This study further endorses the current dietary guidelines that promote whole grains as one of the major healthful foods for prevention of major chronic diseases,” said Qi Sun, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard.

In other words …
Data collected over time from more than 74,000 women from the Nurses’ Health Study and more than 43,000 men from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study showed that higher whole grain intake was associated with lower overall death and lower death from cardiovascular disease (CVD). For each 1-ounce serving of whole grains consumed, overall death rate dropped by 5%, and CVD-related death dropped by 9%.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life …
Wondering how you can get more whole grains in your diet? Look for “100% whole grains” on products at the grocery store or whole grain listed as the first ingredient on the food label. Here are some ideas you can try: substitute whole-grain bread for white bread; choose whole-grain cereal instead of refined, sugary cereal; try brown rice or whole-wheat pasta instead of refined pasta; substitute whole-wheat or oat flour for up to half of the flour in pancake, waffle, muffin or other flour-based recipes; try 100% whole-grain crackers or popcorn for a snack.

To find out more …
about whole grains go to: http://uaex.edu/health-living/food-nutrition/eating-well/Whole%20Grains%20Handout.pdf  and http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/grains.html. For more information on healthy eating check out our Food and Nutrition resources at: http://www.uaex.edu/health-living/food-nutrition/default.aspx

One Comment
  1. February 12, 2015 11:48 pm

    Wow, thank you for all of the wonderful information.

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