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Whole grains are good

An 18 year Harvard study has shown the significant impact that eating whole grains can have on lowering blood pressure.

This study gives us another reason why we should eat more whole grains!

To be honest I didn’t really know what whole grains were and why are they so good. The video below was a big help in answering my questions on whole grains.

Video: The Benefits of Whole Grains

This General Mills video explains what a wholegrain is and how to read your food labels to ensure you are eating enough. It is a good video and I learned a lot.


General Mills Presents Benefits of Whole Grains
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The wholegrain study

The researchers tracked 31,684 male health professionals aged 40 to 75 years who were not diagnosed with hypertension, cancer, stroke, or heart disease at the beginning of the study. During the 18 year study, 9227 of the males participants were diagnosed with hypertension.

The Harvard school researchers found that a high intake of whole grains can cut hypertension in men by 19%.

They also found that those who had the highest levels of bran in their diet had a 15% reduced risk of hypertension in men compared to those who ate the least amount of bran. The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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4 Responses to “Whole grains good for blood pressure”

  1. Steve says:

    FWIW: The Oats that I usually eat recently changed their labeling to prominently display that they are 100% wholegrain!

  2. brian says:

    bummer, I just saw this article but both the youtube and foodconsumer.org links are broken.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Brian, You are right! This story has gone dead :)

      I will see if I can fix the links or ask Kellie to find some replacements. Thanks!

    • Steve says:

      Hi Brian, The video link has been fixed, but the foodconsumer.org link seems to have gone. I have switched that link to the journal page.

      Thanks for bringing these problems to our attention!

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