Eating Whole Grains are Healthy
From Mar 13, 2001 Reuters Health comes a story reporting over a study of nearly 34,000 Norwegian adults. Within this study people who ate the greatest levels of whole grain had a 23% reduced risk of death from heart disease, and a 21% reduced risk of death from cancer in contrast to individuals who ate little if any whole grains. Due to this and because there have been similar findings among Americans, the United States Department of Agriculture is recommending that Americans "eat a number of grains daily, especially whole grains."
Commenting on the study, lead study author Dr. David Jacobs Jr., of the University of Minnesota said, "This study bolsters the entire idea that the whole grain may be healthy for you." The research was originally published in the February 2001 publication of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Jacobs concluded by saying, "The those who eat (whole grains) generally have healthier lifestyles on the whole, so their diet is generally higher in fruits and vegetables and lower in red meat. We find then that area of the benefit of the whole grain is the other things that people do with it, but part of it seems to be related to the whole grain itself."