Eat your Wheaties to avoid diabetes.
That’s the takeaway from a new study showing that whole-grain foods could be one of the easiest weapons against Type 2 diabetes, a condition that disrupts the body’s sugar metabolism and is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
Researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and the Danish Cancer Society Research Center looked at international data from more than 55,000 men and women aged 50 to 65 and found that those who gobbled at least 50 grams of whole-grain foods per day were far less like to develop Type 2 diabetes over a 15-year period — 34 percent less likely for men and 22 less likely for women.
The type of whole grain didn’t matter, the study found, with varieties such as rye, millet, barley or wheat germ all showing similarly positive effects.
For reference, 48 grams of whole grains is about three servings of foods such as quinoa, brown rice and whole-wheat pasta. USDA dietary guidelines recommend that adults consume at least 3 to 4 servings of whole-grain foods per day.