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Eating 3 Servings of Whole Grains a Day May Lower Heart Disease Risk

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Written by Nancy Schimelpfening on July 14, 2021Fact checked byJennifer Chesak

A new study suggests that eating 3 servings of whole grains a day can help reduce several risk factors for heart disease including, waist size, blood pressure, blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol. Getty Images
  • Research has found a link between higher whole grain consumption and lower increases in certain heart disease risk factors.
  • Nutritional experts say this may be because refining removes fiber and heart-healthy nutrients.
  • It is recommended that people eat at least three servings of whole grains a day.

According to new research published in The Journal of Nutrition, eating whole grains is associated with smaller increases in waist size, blood pressure, and blood sugar.

This was true for middle-aged and older adults who ate a minimum of three servings a day.

Those who ate less than one-half a serving a day did not fare as well.


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