“Eating a small bowl of oatmeal may be the secret to a longer life, a large new study suggests,” ABC News reports.
The story continues, “Harvard University researchers reviewed two large studies that followed more than 100,000 people who were periodically quizzed about what they ate and how they lived for more than 14 years. It turns out the folks who ate at least 33 grams of whole grains daily — equivalent to a bowl of oatmeal — cut their risk of premature death by 9 percent compared to those who barely ate whole grains at all, according to findings published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.”
The version of the story at Philly.com said, “Whole grains are so healthy that a person’s risk of an early death drops with every serving added to a daily diet….”We saw clear evidence that the more whole grain intake, the lower the mortality rate is,” said Dr. Qi Sun, an assistant professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. “When we looked at risk of death from heart disease, there was an even stronger association.”
Adds the ABC News story, “The risk of dying from heart disease was slashed by 15 percent, though eating whole grains didn’t seem to lower the risk of dying from cancer, the study showed.”