(REUTERS) — People who eat more whole grains live longer and are less likely to die of heart disease, according to an analysis of two large studies.
Earlier studies had linked whole grains to a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, the researchers say.
“Reading the ingredients of food labels, consumers will know whether the food contains any whole grain contents,” said senior author Dr. Qi Sun of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.
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Common types of whole grains include whole wheat flour, brown rice, whole oats, whole cornmeal, and popcorn, Sun told Reuters Health by email.