Whole grains, better bellies
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
All diets are not created equal. One study indicates that relying more on whole grains than refined grains as you cut your calories leads to a healthier kind of weight loss.
Penny Kris-Etherton at Penn State compared people losing weight while eating whole or refined grains. Her study, supported by the National Institutes of Health, was in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Weight loss in both groups was similar. But people on the whole-grains plan lost more belly fat and had better readings on C-reactive protein in their blood. That’s good because higher levels of each indicate a higher risk of heart trouble.
``Out of the six servings of grains recommended, half of them should come from whole grains. And maybe people want to consume even more than just half.’’ (9 seconds)
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Last revised: May 7, 2011