Replacing unhealthy foods with whole grains can improve your health...and potentially lengthen your life.
That's the word from Harvard Medical School.
Here’s a quick rundown from Harvard Health Publications explaining the benefits of eating whole grains, like oats, quinoa, brown rice, and barley, versus refined grains, like white bread and white rice.
Basically, the germ part of the kernel contains the good stuff -- the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and healthy oils -- all of which are removed in the refining process. Also lost during processing is the bran, which features the fiber. That's bad news for the body.
As the article explains, "Swapping out even relatively small quantities of unhealthy foods for whole grains can lead to large health gains," and that "replacing refined grains and red meats in your daily diet with an equal amount of whole grains can potentially lengthen life by 8% to 20%."
Here's more on the health benefits of whole grains, specifically quinoa.
Have some quinoa! Eating whole grains could reduce your risk of early death by up to 17% http://t.co/Kmm8zPv4dc— HarvardPublicHealth (@HarvardChanSPH) March 25, 2015
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