Friday, December 10, 2010

Study says Whole Grain Foods reduce Blood Pressure

According to scientists, eating whole grain foods can significantly reduce blood pressure.

The University of Aberdeen team said foods such as whole meal cereal, porridge, bread and oatcakes could have major health benefits.

Around 200 volunteers took part in the study. Dr Frank Thies, who led the research, said the findings could be seen as especially good news for Scottish food producers. The volunteers in the study received three servings every day of whole grain foods. The whole grain diets were compared with one that contained the same amounts of refined cereals and white bread.

Dr Thies, a senior lecturer at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, said volunteers eating wholegrain had a drop in blood pressure similar to that expected from blood pressure-lowering drugs.

He said: "This drop in systolic blood pressure could potentially decrease the incidence of heart attack and stroke disease by at least 15% and 25% respectively."
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