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Why are whole grains good for you?

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Whole grains are loaded with fiber, which helps to lower your LDL, or "bad," cholesterol.

Plus, it takes your body longer to digest fiber, so you stay full longer. This may help you eat fewer calories and stay at the weight you should be.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Leading Causes of Death."

American Heart Association: "Make the Effort to Prevent Disease with Life's Simple 7," "Whole Grains and Fiber," "Added Sugars," "About Sodium (Salt)," "Added Sugars Add Your Risk of Dying From Heart disease," "Eat More Chicken, Fish, and Beans," "Use Olive, Canola, Corn, or Safflower Oil As Your Main Kitchen Fats."

Wu, H. , March 2015. JAMA Internal Medicine

Ha, V. , May 2014. CMAJ

Li, Y. , October 2015. Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Wang, L. , January 2015. Journal of the American Heart Association

Sabate, J. , 2010. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition

De Koning, L. , March 2012. Circulation

Environmental Working Group: "Hidden in Plain Sight."

FDA: "Talking About Trans Fat: What You Need to Know."

National Institutes of Health: 'Diet Beverages and Body Weight."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 7, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Leading Causes of Death."

American Heart Association: "Make the Effort to Prevent Disease with Life's Simple 7," "Whole Grains and Fiber," "Added Sugars," "About Sodium (Salt)," "Added Sugars Add Your Risk of Dying From Heart disease," "Eat More Chicken, Fish, and Beans," "Use Olive, Canola, Corn, or Safflower Oil As Your Main Kitchen Fats."

Wu, H. , March 2015. JAMA Internal Medicine

Ha, V. , May 2014. CMAJ

Li, Y. , October 2015. Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Wang, L. , January 2015. Journal of the American Heart Association

Sabate, J. , 2010. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition

De Koning, L. , March 2012. Circulation

Environmental Working Group: "Hidden in Plain Sight."

FDA: "Talking About Trans Fat: What You Need to Know."

National Institutes of Health: 'Diet Beverages and Body Weight."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 7, 2019

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