Cereal Benefits

Why are whole grains so good? They contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and hundreds of other phytonutrients.44 They also contain fiber. Each individual nutrient offers important benefits, but together they perform in even more powerful ways than they do individually.44-45

For these reasons and more, the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advises: “Consuming at least 3 or more ounce-equivalents of whole grains per day can reduce the risk of several chronic diseases and may help with weight maintenance. Thus, daily intake of at least 3 ounce-equivalents of whole grains per day is recommended by substituting whole grains for refined grains.” 46

Extensive research has been done on the health benefits of whole grain. The science shows that eating whole grains as part of a healthy diet may help:
The vast majority
of whole grains –
about 57 percent –
are consumed
at breakfast.43 Protect heart health
Studies show whole grains may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.26

Manage weight
People who eat more whole grains have healthier body weights and are more successful at maintaining their ideal weight over time.27-29

Reduce cancer risk
Studies suggest that whole grains may be especially effective in reducing the risk of cancers of the stomach and colon.30-33

Reduce diabetes risk
Whole grains may help manage healthy blood glucose and insulin levels.34-42



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