Carbohydrates have had a lot of bad press recently thanks to restrictive diets such as Atkins, favored by celebrities and models alike.
While carb-heavy diets have been credited as something that promotes weight gain and heart disease, there may be light at the end of the tunnel for bread and pasta lovers, albeit those whole prefer brown rice and pasta. According to research published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a diet containing whole grains could actually help to prolong your life.
Researchers found from a study of 118,000 men and women that higher whole grain intake was linked with a lower cardiovascular mortality and total mortality. However, consuming more whole grains weren’t associated with a drop in cancer mortality.
The study authors estimate that every 28 gram-per-day serving of whole grains, which is roughly equivalent to a bowl of porridge, was associated with a 9 percent lower rate of death from cardiovascular disease and a 5 percent lower rate of death from any other cause.
"These results are in line with recommendations that promote increased whole grain consumption to facilitate disease prevention," the authors said.
The study also investigated which types of whole grains we should be incorporating into our diet to see these benefits. Whole grains preserve the bran - the outer coating of a grain, as well as the germ, which is found on the inside of the grain. The study concluded that eating bran is what appeared to keep people healthier.
Whole grains, which include brown rice and whole wheat, also boast range of beneficial nutrients that are better for you than white processed carbohydrates, from the fiber to magnesium. Whole grains help the body to regulate both blood sugar and cholesterol, keeping the blood vessels healthy and helping to reduce inflammation in the body.
The federal government's food guidelines advise Americans to try to eat more whole grains.