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HOW WHOLE GRAINS PREVENT HEART ATTACKS

Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

Six studies in the USA, Finland, Norway and England have reported 
that people who eat large amounts of whole grains and whole grain 
cereals have a much lower rate of heart attacks. 

 
Adults in North America get 30 percent of their energy from grains. 
Whole grain cereals are rich sources of many nutrients that help 
protect a person from getting a heart attack: linoleic acid, fiber, 
vitamin E, selenium, folic acid, phytoestrogens, lignins and several 
antioxidant phenolic acids. Processing generally reduces the content 
of these nutrients. Oats, rice and barley also help to lower blood 
levels of the bad LDL cholesterol. 

Cereal grains and coronary heart disease. European Journal of 
Clinical Nutrition, 2002, Vol 56, Iss 1, pp 1-14. AS Truswell. 
Univ Sydney, Dept Biochem, Sydney, NSW 2006, AUSTRALIA.

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