Whole Grain Intake May Reduce Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Recent researches have shown that those who consume a higher percentage of whole grains can dodge cardio diseases. Such individuals have a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases. However, there is not much research underway, regarding the effects of such food on the early signs of CVD.

Whole Grain Intake May Reduce Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Very recently some studies have shown a correlation between these two facts. Researchers have also found a relationship between people who consumed more refined grains and CVD. The research that appears in the Journal of Nutrition, finds that the effect of refined grains on cardio health is profound. 

Whole Grain Intake May Reduce Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Cardiovascular Diseases

According to recent reports and publications from the World Health Organization, CVD is the leading cause of death worldwide. In the year 2019 alone, 18 million people died due to CVDs. CDC or the Centre for Disease Control states that in the U.S. one person dies every few seconds from CVD. To prevent CVD-related deaths, CDC advises people to quit smoking, avoid being overweight and stay active. The center also advises people to eat as much healthy food as possible. A healthier diet included fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fish, poultry, and vegetable oil. It can reduce the symptoms and complications to a huge extent. 

More specifically, researchers have found a direct link between whole-grain consumption with decreased risk of CVDs. The death toll due to CVDs can be reduced to a huge extent by incorporating a healthy lifestyle. However, there has been very little research pointing towards a direct relationship between the two. The early signs that can help to alleviate the problems to a huge extent are a larger waist circumference, blood pressure levels, levels of HDL, and blood glucose. 

Research On 3,000 Participants 

The researchers tried to find a relationship between the consumption of whole grains and the early signs of CVDs. The researchers have taken data from long-term studies conducted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The participants gave their medical data at a gap of almost 4 years. The candidates also gave details of physical examination and diet charts followed. The participants completed a food questionnaire. The researchers eventually found that participants who consumed more refined grains saw a 1-inch increase in waist circumference. However, those who consumed whole grains on a regular basis reported only a 0.5-inch increase in waist circumference. The participants who consumed fewer whole grains also reported an increased systolic and diastolic pressure. The blood sugar levels also supposedly rose. 

Dr. Caleigh Sawicki, doing her doctoral research, also has the same opinion about whole grains. The presence of dietary fibers in whole grains fills the stomach fast. This leads to a feeling of fullness. The food also contains higher levels of magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants. It lowers blood pressure. However, Dr. Sawicki says, that more research is required on this subject. 

Public Awareness and Education

Dr. McKeown after studying the US. Demographics have said that health advisory will be really beneficial in arresting the issues. The states need more communication on the better utilities of whole-grain consumption. Every person in the US knows about fruits and vegetables containing a high amount of dietary fiber. However, if they are interviewed about consumption, you will hear a ‘No’. Whole grains have recently taken the whole world by storm. Diets rich in grains and fibers also tend to reduce the warning signals. 

Very recently, another fact has cropped up. The higher levels of pipecolic acid betaine from whole grains have thrown the health fraternity into a tizzy. Now, everybody wants to unearth its secrets. It also lowers post-meal glucose in the blood. Still, more research is underway to substantiate the findings. 

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