Health Watch - Autumn: Grains

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about autumn and your health. A freshly baked loaf of bread is a treat on a cool autumn day. Do yourself a favor and bake some whole-grain bread.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says research has shown that whole grains are good for your heart. They also lower the risk for diabetes and stroke, may help prevent some cancers and help in managing weight. Whole grains are a good source of fiber, as well as several nutrients and disease-fighting phytochemicals. Adults need about three servings of whole grains a day. In addition to baking with whole grains, you can start the day with whole-grain cereal, such as a bowl of hot oatmeal. If you’re not baking your own bread, look for the words “made with whole grains” or “100 percent whole grain” on packages. A lot of “wheat” breads aren’t actually whole wheat.

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October 2009

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