Monday, December 03, 2007

Choose Whole Grains to Fight Cancer

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Sure, that box of sweet, sugar-filled cereal looks fabulous, but... For better health, researchers recommend you stick with the whole grain stuff. Now, for those of you who are new at this, don't shed any tears just yet. You'll soon find that whole grain foods are not only healthier for you, they actually taste like food - quite an idea, isn't it?

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco have added a huge new health benefit to the whole grain arsenal: it fights pancreatic cancer.

Whole grains have long been known to be healthy for the heart and to help fight diabetes. But, the latest news puts a fabulous new spin on their powers. The researchers found those who ate two or more servings per day had a 40% lower risk of developing pancreatic cancer. That's in comparison to those who ate less than one serving each day.

The scientists also found a direct link between fiber consumption and lower pancreatic cancer risk. Those eating the highest amounts of fiber had a 35% lower risk.

Think of it - taking a few simple dietary steps can reduce your risk of pancreatic cancer by 35-40%. Hmm...

The researchers say further studies are necessary to confirm these results.

To read more about the study, see this from Reuters. To read more about the benefits of whole grains, see this from the Mayo Clinic.


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