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More Evidence That Whole Grains Are Better Than Refined for Your Heart

More Evidence That Whole Grains Are Better Than Refined for Your Heart

Arx0nt//Getty Images Research presented at the American College of Cardiology Middle East, which involved about 2,000 people, found that higher consumption of refined grains was…

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Arx0nt//Getty Images Research presented at the American College of Cardiology Middle East, which involved about 2,000 people, found that higher consumption of refined grains was associated with higher likelihood of poor heart health.

Whole grains, like oatmeal, broke rice, and millet, on the other hand, protect heart health.

Advice about eating whole grains has become as commonplace as the prompt to consume more fruits and vegetables . But how much does that “whole” designation really matter? According to research presented at the American College of Cardiology Middle East recently, it makes a big difference to your heart.

Researchers looked at about 2,000 men and women in Iran, most of whom had premature coronary artery disease (PCAD), which limits blood flow to the heart. They used a food frequency questionnaire to evaluate the potential impact of diet on their diagnosis. They found that higher consumption of refined grains was associated with higher likelihood of having PCAD, while whole grain intake resulted in lower likelihood. More Health in the News

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The study’s lead author Mohammad Amin Khajavi Gaskarei, M.D., noted in a news release that there are many factors for why people may be consuming more refined grains, such as affordability or cultural norms. But he emphasized that a high amount of eating these kind of grains could be considered similar to consuming a […]

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