WHOLE GRAINS PREVENT DIABETES AND OBESITY.txt
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WHOLE GRAINS PREVENT DIABETES AND OBESITY

Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

An article from the Framingham Study published in American Journal 
of Clinical Nutrition shows that eating whole grains in place of 
bakery products and pasta lowers high cholesterol, lowers high blood
pressure, and reduces body weight. Most important, this study shows 
that eating whole grains in place of bakery products and pasta lower 
blood insulin levels. 

 High insulin levels constrict arteries to cause heart attacks. High 
insulin levels stimulate the hypothalamus in the brain to make you 
hungry. High levels of insulin stimulate your liver to manufacture 
fat and high levels of insulin make you fat. Anything that lowers 
insulin levels helps you lose weight, lower high blood pressure, 
lower cholesterol, and prevent heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. 

When you eat foods made with flour, your blood sugar rises quickly. 
Whole grains are like capsules that release their contents very 
slowly. It takes about an hour to cook whole grains because of this 
tight capsule, and your body still has a difficult time breaking the 
capsule, so they are very slow to digest. Whole grains help prevent 
diabetes and obesity because they keep insulin levels lower. See 
report #D222. 

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 76, No. 2, 390-398, 
August. Whole-grain intake is favorably associated with metabolic 
risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the 
Framingham Offspring Study1,2,3,4 Nicola , McKeown, James B Meigs, 
Simin Liu, Peter WF Wilson and Paul F Jacques.

Checked 8/9/05