This Pantry Staple May Add Years To Your Life

April 13, 2015 12:14 PM

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This Pantry Staple May Add Years To Your Life

Though “grains” and “flour” are dirty words for some health-focused eaters these days, evidence continues to mount supporting the health benefits of fiber-rich whole grains. New research published in the journal BMC Medicine found that older adults who consumed the most whole grains were 17 percent less likely to die from any cause during the study period compared to people who consumed minimal whole grains. When the researchers looked at specific causes of death, they found that the people with the highest whole grain intake were less likely to die from heart disease, cancer and diabetes compared to those with the lowest intake. Participants who ate the most whole grains led healthier lifestyles -- for example, they had a lower body weight and were more physically active -- but they were still found to have a lower risk of dying after taking these differences into account.

The study, which included more than 367,000 participants, also suggests that fiber may be the biggest contributor to whole grains’ protective effects. When the researchers also accounted for participants’ fiber intake from grains, the relationship between whole grain intake and risk of dying was no ...

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