It’s time to table that Wheat Belly BS & push your Paleo proclivities aside: a new study shows that eating whole grains is linked to lower mortality.
While it has long been known that high whole grain intake cuts heart disease and diabetes risk, these new findings represent a major step forward in tying whole grain intake to lower mortality rates.
The study – published in JAMA Internal Medicine – looked at data from over 74,000 females in the Nurse’s Health Study and 43,000 males from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. Participants filled out diet questionnaires every 2-4 years for a period of 25 years. Findings were adjusted for age, smoking, BMI, physical activity, and other dietary components.
The researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that whole grain intake is linked to:
- A 9% lower overall mortality rate
- A 15% lower cardiovascular disease related mortality rate
- Overall mortality drop of 9% and CVD mortality cut of 15% for every serving of whole grains you add per day
- 6% lower total mortality and 20% lower CVD related mortality when the benefits of bran foods were taken into consideration.
Self-reported dietary data is always an inherent drawback to studies of these sorts – but the large sample size and impressive length-of-follow are 2 inspiring components of this publication.
What’s the take away? You do your body a long term favor by replacing refined carbs with whole grain goodness.