Whole grains are good...for longer life

We all know that we should eat foods that are healthy for us, that natural foods are better than artificial or processed foods, and that we should remember to eat and drink and exercise, basically everything, in moderation.

Now comes a nice little reminder and confirmation that whole grains are good for us and may lengthen our lives. Nice. 

From the AMA Morning Rounds email: 

Higher whole grain consumption may be linked to longer life.

The Huffington Post (1/6, Melnick) reports that research published online in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that “eating whole grains improves health and may even help you live longer.”

        The Los Angeles Times (1/6, Bonar) “Daily Dish” blog reports that investigators “looked at data from more than 74,000 women from the Nurses’ Health Study and more than 43,000 men from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study who filled out questionnaires about their diet every two or four years from the mid-1980s to 2010.”

        TIME (1/6, Oaklander) reports that the investigators “estimate that every 28 gram-per-day serving of whole grains was associated with a 9% lower rate of death from cardiovascular disease and a 5% lower rate of death from any cause.”

        The NBC News (1/6, Fox) website reports that the investigators “even looked at what kinds of whole grains people ate.” The study indicated that “it was definitely eating bran that seemed to keep people healthier...said” the researchers. Also covering the story are HealthDay (1/6, Thompson) and Reuters (1/6, Doyle).