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Eat Whole Grains And Extend Life

By on January 8, 2015

A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health finds eating whole grains can decrease someone’s risk of death by 15 percent.

The study found eating grains especially helps with lowering the risk of heart disease, with grains like bran reducing cardiovascular disease risk by 20 percent.

“This study further endorses the current dietary guidelines that promote whole grains as one of the major healthful foods for prevention of major chronic diseases,” said Qi Sun, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and the senior author of the study.

The study looked at data for 74,000 women and 43,000 men from other studies conducted from the mid-1980s to 2010. They found replacing refined grains with whole grains and avoiding red meat greatly impacted health. However, they found no correlation between eating whole grains and overall cancer risk.

The study is published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

And as encouragement to start eating more whole grains, whether barley, whole wheat, oats, etc. Try this awesome recipe for chicken and barley soup.



  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, divided
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 large bone-in chicken breast, (10-12 ounces), skin removed, trimmed
  • 1/3 cup pearl barley
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup trimmed and diagonally sliced asparagus, (1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 cup fresh or thawed frozen peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed torn fresh basil leaves
  • 1 strip orange zest, (1/2 by 2 inches)

Full details of recipe found here at Eatingwell.com