Refined grains increase the risk of heart disease

Sputnik France

Dmitri Bassenko. Sputnik France

A high consumption of refined grains is associated with a greater risk of heart disease and death than that of whole grains, according to a recent study.

Eating at least 350 grams of refined grains increases the risk of death from heart disease by 27%, after a study recently published in the British Medical Journal.

Its authors analyzed data from more than 137,000 people aged 35 to 70 in 21 low-, middle- and high-income countries who had no history of heart disease.

In particular, they were able to observe that the highest category of cereal consumption refined (at least 350 grams per day) had a 27% higher risk of death and a greater risk of serious cardiovascular events compared to the lowest consumption category (less than 50 grams per day).

Higher intakes of refined grains were associated with higher blood pressure, the researchers say. However, they found no significant association between intake of whole grains or white rice and health outcomes. Based on these results, researchers believe it is necessary to encourage lower consumption of refined products globally.


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