Recently, researchers studied the association between heart health and increased intake of whole grains. According to the research, the high intake of more refined grains may help mitigate the risk factors of cardiovascular disease.
The research appeared recently in the Journal of Nutrition.
According to the data published by the World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death all across the world. Experts suggest that taking a nutritious diet can help lower the risk of these diseases. This diet includes a high intake of fruits, legumes, vegetables, fish, and whole grains. Also, increased physical activity, reduced smoking, and alcohol intake can help improve heart health.
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Recently, the researchers found significant benefits of using whole grains for heart health. According to the research, the high consumption of these grains can help reduce the risk of cancer, infectious diseases, respiratory, and cardiovascular diseases. This research looked closely at the early signs of developing heart diseases such as waist circumference, blood glucose levels, and cholesterol.
The researchers obtained the data from previous long-term studies and included 3,121 individuals. They excluded those participants with diabetes and the individuals who did not provide information about their diets. These participants filled a questionnaire that revealed the information about their food consumption.
According to the researchers, those who took the least amount of these grains in their diet recorded a larger waist circumference. These participants had a one-inch increase in their waistline over 4 years. Meanwhile, those who took an adequate amount of whole grains had a 0.5 inches increase in waist circumference.
The study also revealed that those with low whole-grain intake experienced high blood pressure and high blood glucose levels over the years. According to the correspondent and senior author of the study, Dr. Nicola McKeown, the regular intake of whole grains has multiple health benefits. It not only helps lose weight but also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Moreover, people who use whole grains in their diet improve their heart health by managing their blood pressure and glucose levels.
Dr. Caleigh Sawicki is another contributor to this study. She said that the use of whole grains helps improve cardiovascular health in several ways. These grains have a high content of fibers which helps you feel full and prevents overeating. Also, the high levels of antioxidants, potassium, and magnesium can help lower blood pressure. The whole grains also consist of soluble fiber that helps maintain glucose levels right after a meal.
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According to Dr. Sawicki, further research can help shed more light on the benefits of using whole grains. Moreover, it will help scientists better understand the link between using these grains and better heart health. Further research can help influence people into taking more whole grains in their diet if scientists are more aware of its benefits.
Dr. McKeown suggested that increasing the whole grain intake is particularly important for the US population. The prevalence of refined grains in their diets does not provide as many benefits as whole grains. Hence, the researchers will look further into the subject to create awareness about the use of whole grains.