A new study suggests eating whole grains — such as oatmeal — could help people live longer lives.
In the Harvard University study that tracked more than 100,000 people during 14 years, researchers discovered those who ate whole grains equivalent to a bowl of oatmeal a day cut their overall risk of premature death by 9 percent and their risk of dying of heart disease by 15 percent.
The study, conducted at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health was published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine
“This study further endorses the current dietary guidelines that promote whole grains as one of the major healthful foods for prevention of major chronic diseases,” the study’s senior author, Qi Sun, said in a news release
Whole grains like oatmeal lower blood sugar and insulin levels, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, Sun said.
Whole grains are rich in fiber, which slows digestion and prevents spikes in blood sugar. They also include vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Joan Salge Blake, a registered dietitian and a clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University, suggests including whole grains in all meals and some snacks, HealthDay said
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