March 18, 2007
Whole Grain Breakfast Good For Heart

Eat your oats.

ORLANDO, Fla., March 2 -- Eating whole-grain breakfast cereals seven or more times per week was associated with a lower risk of heart failure, according to an analysis of the observational Physicians’ Health Study. Researchers presented findings of the study today at the American Heart Association’s 47th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention. For the present study, breakfast cereals that contain at least 25 percent oat or bran content were classified as whole grain cereals.

The analysis shows that those who ate a whole-grain breakfast cereal seven or more times per week were less likely (by 28 percent) to develop heart failure over the course of the study than those who never ate such cereal. The risk of heart failure decreased by 22 percent in those who ate a whole-grain breakfast cereal from two to six times per week and by 14 percent in those who ate a whole-grain breakfast cereal up to once per week.

The oats and bran might have provided a benefit by displacing less healthy breakfast foods.

Some people take vitamins in search of longer life expectancy. My advice: Make small improvements in regular food choices before going for pills. More vegetables, fruits, and whole grains stand a better chance of extending your life than anything you take in a pill (with the possible exception of vitamin D).

Remember, the goal isn't just to live longer. The goal is to still be alive when full aging reversal becomes possible using rejuvenation therapies such as stem cells, gene therapies, grown replacement organs, artificial organs, and nanobots.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2007 March 18 07:58 PM  Aging Diet Studies

Joshthenutritionist said at March 18, 2007 10:17 PM:

I would agree that one should seek essential nutrients via their diet instead of through supplements, You mentioned vegetables, fruits, and whole grains as quality sources of these nutrients, I think though its important to be more specific, due to the fact that you cannot include all or even most vegetables and fruits in your daily diet, which is what I believe is needed, a food needs to be eaten over the course of a lifetime to have a major impact, you need to choose those foods which have the highest levels of vitamins, mineral, and phytochemicals to maximize the protective effects of your diet on your health. I would agree that eating a banana is better then eating a Big Mac, but eating blackberries is also much better then eating a banana. Eating spinach, chard or mustard greens are much better then eating potatoes. This notion could also be extended to foods that are rich in recently discovered phytochemicals, yes cocoa is good, but green tea, actually has much higher levels of the same phytochemicals as cocoa, while having far less calories. Lets not forget the only known method for extending life in mammals and maybe humans is caloric restriction.

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