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February 4, 2013 • Diabetes

Whole Grains for Diabetes Protection

Whole grains have already reached blockbuster status as foods that provide broad-spectrum disease protection and a powerful new study adds to many others touting this wholesome food group as a powerful defense against type 2 diabetes. In a study that followed the diets of over 5,000 adults over an 8-10 year period, those consuming the most whole grains were 34% less likely to develop prediabetes or full-blown type 2 diabetes vs. those consuming the least. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2013; 97:179-87)

Whole grains are brimming with an awesome array of nutrients that are especially valuable for healthy blood sugar metabolism, including magnesium, fiber, chromium, selenium, and antioxidant polyphenols.

For best results, strive for 3 servings daily – preferably from physically intact whole grains. A serving is ½ cup of any form of cooked whole grains including oatmeal, brown rice, barley, quinoa, bulgur, etc.