We already know that a diet high in whole grains is good for weight loss. Now researchers at Penn State have found that it may also reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes and heart problems.
The Penn researchers tested two groups of obese adults who were at high risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
One group solely ate whole grains while the other consumed only refined grains. Aside from that difference, both groups ate a healthy low-fat diet. While participants in both groups lost eight to 11 pounds on average, the group eating whole grains lost more abdominal fat.
This group also had a huge drop in certain proteins that indicate increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
The authors say this dramatic decrease means that eating whole grains like oatmeal and brown rice works as well as certain drugs.