Unless you have diagnosed celiac disease, gluten-containing grains, as well as other whole grains are linked to lower chronic disease risk. By sprouting grains, you can increase their antioxidant level. The Framingham Heart Study found at least three daily servings of whole grains was associated with a slimmer waist.  Three servings of whole grains may also work just as well as medication in alleviating hypertension and may help lower the risk for prediabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer risk

On the other hand, refined grain intake may raise prostate cancer risk. Whole grains also contain magnesium, zinc, phytates (which may help protect against cancer and increase bone density), and lignans (which may help protect against breast cancer).

Whole grains, with vegetables, fruits, beans, along with nuts and seeds can be part of a healthy, whole foods, plant-based diet that helps cut chronic disease risk.

A look at U.S. public compliance with the recommended USDA dietary guidelines showed more than 95% were not meeting the recommended daily minimum amount for whole grains.

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