Bread (Whole-Wheat, of Course) May Really Be the Staff of Life

February 4, 2015 5:08 PM

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Bread (Whole-Wheat, of Course) May Really Be the Staff of Life

There is nothing like data to reverse long-standing beliefs about what is, or isn't, good to eat. For years now, we have been bombarded with warnings from self-appointed nutritional gurus telling us about the dangers of eating carbohydrates. A quick scan of Internet postings, books, media reports and testimonials will convince anyone that approaching a loaf of bread holds the same danger as getting near a hungry crocodile. Variations of this theme include, that if you eat that slice of bread your brain turns to mush, your body becomes a sinkhole of inflammation, you will develop instant diabetes, and a size XXL will be too small. Indeed, seemingly whole continents of people have turned away from carbohydrates as a result. They are following diets last eaten in the Stone Age before cavemen crawled out of their caves and developed agriculture. If asked, these folk will tell anyone willing to listen that according to their scientifically impeccable sources, not eating carbohydrates will allow them to live forever, or at least a very long life.

One of the best ways to see what foods correlate with a long life is to examine what thousands of people have eaten over the past thirty years, and how their longevity has been affected by their diet. During the first week of January, a study appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine vanquishing the belief...

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