Eating Whole-Grains Promote Fat Loss

Eric March 9, 2011

We know that the Glycemic Index measures how difference carbohydrates affect your insulin levels, which in turn affects fat storage in your body.  As a nod to this, diet analysis of people enrolled in the Farmington Study- a long-term population health study that began in the 1940’s- showed that people consuming the greatest amount of whole-grains in their diet had lower amounts of surface and organ fat, compared to people who ate more refined grains.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that adults consume 6 to 8 ounces of grains per day, half of which should be whole-grains.  Whole-grains contain the entire grain kernel, while refined grains are processed to remove the bran and germ.  Whole-grains promote weight maintenance, are high in fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals, and are critical for a healthy diet.  (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 92: 1165-1171, 2010)

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