Maintaining an optimal weight and blood pressure over the years is a major challenge for many, and a lot of times, they fail during the struggle. But consuming a precise kind of food could put an end to such concerns once and for all.
According to CNN, a new study has found that consuming at least three servings of whole grains every day can keep your weight, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels under control as you age.
Preventing heart disease could be possible
Nicola McKeown, who’s senior author of the new study and also a member of the nutritional epidemiology team from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, declared as quoted by CNN:
Eating whole-grain foods as part of a healthy diet delivers health benefits beyond just helping us lose or maintain weight as we age,
These data suggest that people who eat more whole grains are better able to maintain their blood sugar and blood pressure over time,
“Managing these risk factors as we age may help to protect against heart disease.
The study found that those people who consumed at least three servings every day over time had a lower average increase for the waist size and a more significant decline for triglyceride levels by comparison with those who consumed less than one-half serving of whole grains.
First author Caleigh Sawicki explains that keeping the grain whole increases the dietary fibre and will have a satiating effect, reducing calorie intake and making potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants to contribute to lowering blood pressure.
For the new study that was published in the Journal of Nutrition, the researchers followed 3,100 people aged over 50 years old at four-year intervals for a total period of 18 years.