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Consuming three servings of whole grains a day protects against heart disease, reduces waist size

In the study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, scientists looked at how eating whole and refined grains for 18 years affected five risk factors for heart disease: waist size, blood pressure, blood sugar, triglycerides and HDL (‘good’) cholesterol.

The experts used data from the Framingham Heart Study Offspring Cohort, which began in the 1970s, to assess long-term risk factors for heart disease. The study included 3,100 participants who were mostly white and averaged in their mid-50s at the start of data collection.

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