Live Longer With 3 Servings of Whole Grain

Live Longer With 3 Servings of Whole Grain Live Longer With 3 Servings of Whole Grain

Eating at least three servings of whole grain a day may reduce risks of dying early, researchers say.

Public health researchers at the Harvard University analyzed the results of 14 previous studies conducted between 1970 and 2010 in the US, UK and Scandinavian countries involving 786,076 male and female respondents.

They found that people who eat at least three servings of whole grains (or 48 grams) daily are 20% less likely to die from any cause than those who eat less than one serving a day, Nature World News reported.

Researchers also found that eating three servings of whole grains a day is associated with a 25% lower risk of death from heart disease and a 14% lower risk of death from cancer, compared with those who eat one serving of whole grains daily or less.

Examples of whole grain include oats, barley, quinoa, brown rice and whole wheat. These foods are rich in fiber, which is known to improve cholesterol levels and lower the risks of heart disease, stroke, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The US Dietary Guidelines recommend eating three or more servings of whole grains daily. However, Americans consume an average of less than one serving per day, according to the study.

“These findings lend further support to the US government’s current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which suggest high consumption of whole grains to facilitate disease prevention,” said Dr. Qi Sun, assistant professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and senior author of the study.

Researchers also found that one serving of whole grain (16 grams) lowers the risk of death from any cause by 7%, including a 9% decrease in risk of heart disease death and 5% decrease in risk of cancer death.

Further, the study warned people against low-carbohydrate diets without whole grain content as these may be linked to higher risk of heart diseases and death.