A new US study has said that a diet high in whole grains is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and strokes.
In fact, consumption of an average of 2.5 servings of whole grains each day is associated with a 21% lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared with consuming only 0.2 servings. This is what the study that has been published online in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular diseases said.
According to lead author Dr. Philip Mellen of Wake Forest University School of Medicine, “These findings suggest that we should redouble our efforts to encourage patients to include more of these foods in their diets.”
The findings of this study are based on an analysis of seven studies involving over 2,85,000 people. By combining the data from seven studies, researchers were able to detect effects that may not have shown up in each individual study.