The Whole Advantage (whole grains)

18 Aug

Are there any advantages of eating whole grains that you can see in a matter of weeks?  Yes, says a new study.

Researchers randomly assigned 81 men and women aged 40 to 65 to eat either refined or whole-grain breads, cereals, pasta, crackers, and other foods for six weeks. (All meals were provided by the authors, who included scientists from Tufts University, General Mills research institute, and elsewhere.) Compared to those eating refined grains, the whole-grain eaters:

lost 92 more calories a day because they burned more calories in their stool.

had higher stool weights and frequency, and

had lower levels of a gut bacterium that’s linked to inflammation.

What to do:  Look for 100% whole grains. Foods that claim to be “made with whole grain” may not have much.

Source:  Nutrition Action Health Letter July/August 2017

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