According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a diet rich in whole grains may offer protection against diabetes and heart disease.
In the study of nearly 1,000 individuals, researchers examined diet records, blood levels of insulin and hemoglobin A to monitor diabetes risk and homocysteine and cholesterol to monitor risk of coronary heart disease. Researchers found that those individuals who consumed higher amounts of whole grains had an overall lower risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Researchers also noted that a higher intake of whole grains was associated with higher levels of physical activity, greater fruit and vegetable intake, less smoking and lower consumption of alcohol and saturated fats.
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