A bowl of whole grain goodness
An apple a day is good for you, but a bowl a day of whole grain cereal also may keep the doctor away -- even if you're a doctor.
BIDMC researcher Jinesh Kochar says a study of the breakfast habits of close to 13,300 male doctors over more than 16 years saw the benefit in blood pressure readings. Kochar told Ira Dreyfuss of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
"Those consuming seven-plus servings of whole-grain breakfast cereal each week had a 20 percent decreased risk of developing hypertension as compared to those who reported none, or rare, consumption."
Refined grain breakfast cereal -- even a bowl a day of it -- didn't have the same benefit.
The study was presented at an American Heart Association conference on nutrition and physical activity.
Learn more at hhs.gov.