Monday, March 05, 2007

Whole Grains Help the Heart, But How?

That's not a rhetorical question, I really want to know how. Maybe I'll research it for another blog post. Maybe I've already answered it in a previous post. Whatever the case, recently released findings from the Physician's Health Study shows a link between whole grain cereal and a healthy heart.

According to
a report at the Independent (UK), "People who eat whole grain breakfast cereals seven or more times a week have a 28 per cent lower risk of developing heart failure." As little as two bowls of whole grain cereal can cut your risk by 22 percent.

The question is why. While a breakfast rich in complex carbs is a good way to start the day (it helps you concentrate better, for example), what does it really do for your heart?

One possibility is that, "high-fibre breakfast may lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol and prevent heart attacks," one expert told the Independent.

News of whole grain cereal's role in heart health comes just weeks after a University of Leeds study showed 30g of fiber every day can cut a woman's breast cancer risk in half.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.