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Wholegrain Foods Associated with Lower Cholesterol and Improved Insulin Sensitivity
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Diet & Carbs - Health Study

Whole-grain foods, such as fiber-rich bread and bran cereal, may lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer reducing cholesterol and making the body more responsive to insulin, research suggest.

In a study of close to 3,000 middle-aged adults, these foods were associated with lower levels of total cholesterol and LDL (the so-called "bad" cholesterol) and improved insulin sensitivity. Insulin, the body's key blood-sugar-regulating hormone, tends to be elevated in those at risk of type 2 diabetes.

People who consumed the most whole-grain foods also had a lower body mass index (BMI), a measure of weight in relation to height that is considered a more reliable gauge of overweight than weight alone. Indeed, adults who were overweight or obese had the highest insulin levels and consumed the least amount of whole-grain foods, researchers report in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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