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Whole Grain Breakfast Cereals Cut Mens Risk of Death

21 years, 3 months ago

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Posted on Apr 09, 2003, 12 p.m. By Bill Freeman

Choosing a whole-grain breakfast cereal could add years to your life, so suggest results of a recent study. Dr Simin Liu of Harvard Medical School and colleagues found that the more whole-grain cereal a man ate for breakfast, the less likely he was to die from any cause, or from cardiovascular such as heart attack or stroke - even after risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption, and physical activity were accounted for.

Choosing a whole-grain breakfast cereal could add years to your life, so suggest results of a recent study. Dr Simin Liu of Harvard Medical School and colleagues found that the more whole-grain cereal a man ate for breakfast, the less likely he was to die from any cause, or from cardiovascular such as heart attack or stroke - even after risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption, and physical activity were accounted for. Results showed that men who ate the most whole-grain cereal - that is more than one serving per day - were 17% less likely to die from any cause and 20% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease, compared to those who never ate whole-grain cereal. However, no such benefits were seen in people who ate refined-grain breakfast cereals. Cereals considered as whole-grain are those that list a whole-grain or bran first in their ingredients, or contain a whole-grain and have at least two grams of fiber per serving.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2003;77:594-599.

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