How to reduce the risk of heart disease

Replace white bread with whole-grain bread to help your heart

Personal Trainer : whole-grain-bread In my daily morning scan of what health news is being reported throughout the world I came across an article regarding the link between eating whole-grains and reduced risk of heart disease and type-2 diabetes.

 This is probably something that most people may be aware of but it’s quite startling to have the facts laid out so clearly. The specific issue is that those who eat white refined grains (e.g. white bread, white rice, and white pasta) rather than whole-grains (e.g. whole-grain bread, brown rice and whole-wheat pasta) on average have a higher amount of VAT. No, not the government tax, but Visceral Adipose Tissue! In short this is the fat that surrounds the organs within the abdomen.

 The findings, following a survey of 2800 men and women, demonstrated that eating 3 portions of whole-grains per day lowered VAT by 10% on average.

 What interested me most though was the fact that if these were eaten in conjunction with 4 or more servings of refined grains per day, the benefits were cancelled out.

 So the key is not just to add whole-grains to your diet but to actually replace your refined grains, thus lowering your VAT. If only it were that easy to lower government taxes!

 Read the full article here -> Eating Whole Grains, Fewer Refined Grains, May Help Heart