This food item can work wonders on your heart

By: Bel Marra Health | Heart Health | Monday, October 24, 2016 - 08:00 AM

Freshly baked traditional breadThere are plenty of foods you can eat to support a healthy heart. Avocados, walnuts, even salmon are some of the common examples. And now, more and more research suggests adding ancient grain bread to your diet can help improve your heart health.

Ancient grain brain good for heart health

Studies have shown that consuming ancient grain brain can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by tackling the associated risk factors. Although so far the studies have been small, the results do show promise that adding this type of bread to your diet can save your heart.

A small study found that consuming ancient grain bread helped reduce cholesterol and control blood sugar levels – which are two common risk factors of cardiovascular disease.

Modern grains are heavily refined, whereas ancient grains pack antioxidants, possess anti-inflammatory benefits, and offer essential nutrients to support overall good health.

Study participants who consumed ancient grain bread had reduced cholesterol levels and better controlled blood sugar levels. Whether the grains were grown organically or not did not affect the results. Those participants who consumed bread made with modern grains did not experience any changes in their cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

You may be asking yourself, what are ancient grains? Ancient grains are those that have managed to stand the test of time. Meaning, the Aztec people, Greeks, Romans, and even the Old Testament contemporaries consumed these grains.

Examples of ancient grains include quinoa, millet, spelt, amaranth, teff, freekah, chia seeds, faro, and Kamut.

Mounting body of research is confirming the benefits of ancient grains, and the above study is just one of the many. If you want to start incorporating ancient grains into your diet, read bread labels carefully and look for the abovementioned grains. You will also want to ensure there is no added sugar or bleached flour, and that they are not overly processed, to maximize the benefit.


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Sources:

http://www.emaxhealth.com/11402/heart-health-may-be-improved-eating-ancient-grain-bread
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/what-the-heck-are-ancient-grains/

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