Study Finds Whole Grains May Lead to a Longer Life

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Your favorite warm winter bowl of oatmeal might be providing you with more than a healthy start to your day.

(via ABCNews) It’s quick, easy and can be topped with just about anything, but can your daily bowl of oatmeal also expand your lifespan?

Study Finds Whole Grains May Lead to a Longer Life
High in fiber and good for lowering your cholesterol and your waistline, a bowl of oatmeal is one breakfast choice that packs a punch for your health.

According to Harvard University’s new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, eating at least 33 grams of whole grains daily — the size of a bowl of oatmeal — may lead to a longer life.

Researchers reviewed two large studies that followed more than 100,000 people who were periodically quizzed about what they ate and how they lived for more than 14 years. Those who ate more than 30 grams of whole grains daily cut their risk of premature death by 9 percent compared to those who barely ate whole grains at all.

Additionally, the risk of dying from heart disease was slashed by 15 percent. The study did not find eating whole grains to lower the risk of dying from cancer.

“Whole grains may protect the heart by lowering blood sugar and insulin levels,” says Qi Sun, an assistant professor with the Harvard School of Public Health and one of the study’s authors. “This type of property could improve insulin resistance to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.”

Sun adds weight loss and other healthy nutrients may also increase the health benefits of whole grains.

To read more findings on the study, go to ABCNews.com.

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