A new report summarizing recent published studies on whole grain and their benefits on health
The scientific literature continues to provide evidence that whole grains intake is associated with health benefits. Over the past five years, 112 studies investigating the impact of whole grains intake on several health outcomes were published. All these studies have been summarized by the Oldways Whole Grains Council in an open-access report entitled Summary of Recent Research On Whole Grains and Health - 2017 edition.
Latest research results strenghten the scientific evidence on the health benefits of whole grain consumption
The Oldways Whole Grains Council report consists in six easy-to-read tables, which depict the research at a glance:
1. Summary of clinical trials of whole grains
2. Summary of studies comparing whole grain intake and survival/mortality
3. Summary of studies comparing whole grain intake and chronic diseases or health status
4. Summary of studies comparing dietary patterns with mortality, chronic diseases or health status
5. Summary of studies comparing whole grain intake with surrogate markers of disease in non-clinical trial studies
6. Summary of systematic reviews
22 systematic reviews were published between 2012 and 2017 assessing the effect of whole grains exposure on several health outcomes, such as cardiovascular diseases, weight management or type 2 diabetes. Among these reviews, a systematic review and meta-analysis published in 2015 showed for instance that consuming 3 servings (45 g) of whole grain daily would induce a 20% relative reduction in the risk of developing T2D compared to consuming a half-serving (7.5 g) of whole grain (Chanson-Rollé et al., 2015).