Whole Grains Linked to Fewer Heart Disease Deaths

Eating more whole grains is associated with increased longevity and a lower death rate from cardiovascular disease, according to a study of more than 110,000 people led by Hongyu Wu from the Harvard University School of Public Health. Death rates from cancers were not altered by whole grain consumption. Consuming whole grains may reduce the risk of premature death by 15 percent. The study confirms the recommendations of national dietary guidelines that people consume more whole grains in their diet. The study examined data from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. They factored out the effects of age, body composition, physical activity and overall diet. The study examined data and death rates over a 25-year period. (JAMA Internal Medicine, published online January 6, 2015)

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