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Are you eating enough whole grains?

Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Experts from Newcastle University want to see guidelines introduced about the amount of whole grains we should eat, after discovering that only around 20% of people in the UK consume the recommended daily intake.

Higher whole grain intake has been linked to lower body weight, BMI and cholesterol levels and there is strong evidence they reduce the risk of several chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. The research, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, found that those with a higher grain intake may have a less stressed immune system as they had lower white blood cell count and lower levels of C-reactive protein which is a marker of cell inflammation and “a body under stress”.

The findings show that only 6% of children and 17% of adults are eating the minimum US recommendation of 48 grammes a day, and almost one in five aren't eating any at all.

People who ate more whole grains had a higher intake of dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals and less salt.

Chris Seal, Professor of Food and Human Nutrition at Newcastle University, said: “People who eat a diet high in whole grains tend to have healthier lifestyle overall and factors such as diet, exercise and smoking all affect an individual’s health and well-being.

One thing is sure – dogs and cats eating Burns foods, which are all grain-based, are certainly getting their daily quota of whole grains!  Remember, you heard it here first.

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