This is a recent article from Fitness Rx magazine. Have a quick read. It’s important.

The US Gov Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2005) recommended that people eat 3 ounces or more of whole-grain products per day and that whole grains represent 50% or more of all grains consumed in the diet. A large study in women showed that those who ate the most whole-grain foods had the lowest blood pressure.

A 19-year long study involving more than 50 000 men showed that those who consumed the most whole grain foods in their diets reduced their risk of hypertension by 19% compared to men who ate the least amount of these foods. Bran intake was particularly related to a reduced incidence of high blood pressure. Whole grains are an important part of a well-balanced diet and help maintain metabolic health (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 90: 493-498, 2009).

Amy Layne