Can Eating Whole Grains Lead to Weight Loss?

September 15, 2017

The latest study from Tufts University show that eating whole grains versus refined grains help with weight loss. Previous studies prove that whole grains have health and nutrition benefits, higher fiber intake, and controls glycemic levels and insulin sensitivity but no one has tested metabolic rates and whether it regulates weight.

In this study, they took 81 individuals ages 40-65 and had them eat either a whole grain or refined grain diet for 8 weeks. Researchers measured weight, metabolic rate, blood glucose, fecal calories, hunger, and fullness.

At the end of the study, the whole grain eaters lost almost 100 more calories per day due to increased resting metabolism and also excreted more calories in their stool. In addition, there were lower levels of gut bacterium which is often linked to inflammation.

What to do? Eat whole grains but don’t over consume. Plus, foods that claim “made with whole grains” may not be as beneficial. Eat the whole item full of fiber, vitamin B, and iron.

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