Know Your Stuff Before You Cut

Learn the whole story on bread and grains. Dietary fiber has been identified as a nutrient of public health concern due to low consumption. Many older adults overlook grains as a source of dietary fiber, yet all whole and enriched grain foods contribute similar levels of fiber to the American diet as fruits and vegetables.

Dietary fiber from whole grains, as part of an overall healthy diet, can help improve blood cholesterol levels, and lower risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity and type 2 diabetes, so there are plenty of reasons to continue to enjoy grains.Whole grains and enriched grains provide key nutrients in the American diet, including fiber, folate, iron, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, zinc and vitamin B6, all of which contribute to healthy aging.

In a recent analysis combining data from two studies with large numbers of adult men and women, researchers found that a higher whole grain intake was linked to reduced mortality, especially deaths due to cardiovascular disease. Therefore, eating more whole grains may contribute to longevity.