Forget the Harvard Study… Eating Whole Grains Won’t Help Save Your Heart
Most experts will tell you to eat grains at every meal. The USDA recommends that this food make up at least 25% of your plate.1 It’s supposed to be “heart-healthy.” Now the mainstream says eating more whole grains may help save your life.
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health looked at data from over 100,000 men and women. After 16 years, they found every ounce of whole grains subjects ate made them 5% less likely to die. Each serving also made them about 10% less likely to die from heart disease.2
It sounds like great news. But the truth is every serving of this “health food” you eat could be putting your heart at risk. Even taking healthy years off your life.
Experts recommend eating whole grains because it’s a good source of fiber. It helps keep your weight in check.3 And it helps lower bad cholesterol. Both are important for a healthy heart… It’s why researchers in the Harvard study found each serving of whole grains to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 9%.
But you can do much better. Eating grains—any kind of grains at all—causes inflammation. It’s the root of some of the most common—and serious—health conditions you can face… Like heart disease, arthritis, and cancer.4
How these foods break down is important, too. And for grains… It’s not good. In fact, whole wheat bread ranks a 71 on the glycemic index (GI). That’s the same as white bread.5 And it’s higher than a candy bar. It means they’re both digested quickly. And they spike your blood sugar levels.6 It puts you at risk for diabetes, obesity, and stroke.
Experts also claim whole grains are healthy because of their protein content. A protein deficiency can weaken your immune system. This makes you vulnerable to inflammation and disease. A drastic enough deficiency may even kill you.7 But they’re missing an importance piece of the puzzle…
It’s not just about how much protein you eat. Where you get it from is just as important…if not more. The protein in grains comes from gluten. Which wreaks havoc your digestive tract. Even if you don’t have celiac disease, your small intestine may think it’s harmful bacteria.8 An autoimmune response causes immune cells to attack.
Gluten can also cause leaky gut syndrome.9 It’s so damaging that it creates gaps in the intestines. This can cause an increase in inflammation. Grains also contain phytic acid. It prevents your body from absorbing minerals.10
You can get even more fiber—and better heart protection—without the inflammation.
We’ve told you before that adding more flavonols to your diet can reduce your heart disease risk by up to 60%.11 And you won’t get them from grains. You’ll have to rely on fresh fruits and vegetables. They give you more fiber per serving… And cause less inflammation.
For example, one cup of green beans gives you four grams of fiber.12 That’s double the amount you’ll get from a slice of multi grain bread.13 This is a big deal. We’ve told you before every seven grams of it you eat a day helps lower your stroke risk by 7%.14
And fiber is the real star of this study—not whole grains.
But getting rid of grain isn’t the only way to help save your heart…
Some brave doctors are finally telling the truth about America’s #1 killer…and what really causes—and treats—heart disease.
Like the natural supplement a Mayo Clinic professor prescribes to all his heart patients…and the natural nutrient from fruit that has been shown to lower cholesterol safer than a well-known prescription drug.