Sometimes all it takes is just a slight modification to your food to turn your life from unfit to fit. A diet that includes three daily servings of whole grains contributes to people living longer, according to research done at Harvard’s Department of Nutrition. This includes reducing rate of death from heart diseases and cancer.

“For each 16-gram serving of whole grains, public health researchers at Harvard University noted a seven percent decrease in overall risk of death, including a nine percent decline in risk of heart disease death and five percent decline in risk of cancer-related death,” an AFP report on the subject says. 

Thrice that amount or 48 grams of whole grains reduces risk of death by 20 percent, risk of heart disease-linked death by 25 percent and risk of cancer-related death by 14 percent!

Scientists analyzed results from previous studies conducted in the past four decades in the United States, Britain and Scandinavian countries,  which cumulatively studied 786,076 participants. “These findings further support current dietary guidelines that recommend at least three daily servings (or 48 grams) of whole grains to improve long-term health and prevent premature death,” senior author Qi Sun is quoted as saying in the report.

This study puts the dent in the popular notion that low-carbohydrate diet is the way to go. The benefits of whole grains – when consumed in moderate, reasonable amounts – may actually help you overcome serious illnesses.

Anything like whole wheat, oats, brown rice and quinoa can be classified as whole grains and has fiber, which improves cholesterol levels and lower metabolic risk syndrome, heart disease, stroke, obesity and type two diabetes. In addition, it also helps in metabolism of fat and carbs in your body.  Refined grains are devoid of nutrients like B vitamins and minerals which are present in large quantities in whole grains.

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