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Whole Grains Prevent Heart Attacks

In the last five years, six major studies in the USA, Finland, Norway and England have reported that people who eat large amounts of whole grains and whole grain cereals have a much lower rate of heart attacks.

Adults in North America get 30 percent of their energy from grains. Whole grain cereals are rich sources of many nutrients that help protect a person from getting a heart attack: linoleic acid, fiber, vitamin E, selenium, folic acid, phytoestrogens, lignins and several antioxidant phenolic acids. Processing generally reduces the content of these nutrients. Oats, rice and barley also lower blood levels of the bad LDL cholesterol.

Cereal grains and coronary heart disease. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2002, Vol 56, Iss 1, pp 1-14. AS Truswell. Univ Sydney, Dept Biochem, Sydney, NSW 2006, AUSTRALIA.


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Dr. Mirkin's opinions and the references cited are for information only, and are not intended to diagnose or prescribe. For your specific diagnosis and treatment, consult your doctor or health care provider.

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