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Grain Subtype and the Combination of Grains Consumed Are Associated with the Risk of Metabolic Syndrome: Analysis of a Community-Based Prospective Cohort

Following a diet rich in whole grains may help curb the development of metabolic syndrome in middle-aged and older individuals.

This study investigated the connection between the intake of grains and the incidence of metabolic syndrome in South Korea. The study population included more than 5,500 men and women aged 40-69 years who responded to questionnaires seeking information about their dietary choices and health. 

Researchers found a marked decrease in the risk of metabolic syndrome among regular consumers of whole grains. On the other hand, habitual ingestion of refined grains was found to elevate the odds of acquiring metabolic syndrome in this study. Evidence from this study affirm that creating more room for whole grains in our plates may help thwart the development of metabolic syndrome.

Research Summary Information

  • 2020
  • Yunhee Kang, Kyueun Lee, Jieul Lee, Jihye Kim
  • Center for Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA. Department of Medical Nutrition, Graduate School of East-West Medical Science, Kyung Hee University, Yongin, Republic of Korea.
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