A bowl of oatmeal a day keeps the doctor away! That’s right, a helping of the bland British favorite is what doctors say will ward off cancer-causing diseases.
In a major review by Harvard University, whole grains not only starved off cancer they also combatted diabetes and heart disease.
The meta-analysis of 12 studies (which covered nearly 800,000 people) showed that eating about 70 grams of whole grains a day–the equivalent to one cup of oatmeal–lowers the risk of all causes of death by more than 22 percent.
The reason? Scientists say that because whole grains regulate blood sugar and keep you fuller longer, you’re less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks that have the inverse effect.
Whole grains are also recommended by doctors and nutritionists alike for their high levels of zinc, copper, manganese, iron, and thiamine–all nutrients known to combat free radicals that are linked to cancer.
With this comprehensive study, researchers determined that if more people were to incorporate whole grains into their diet, nearly 100,000 deaths could be prevented each year.
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