Summary: This paper is a summary report of a study that is not yet published, however is being presented this week at the American College of Cardiology congress. It reports that eating refined grains was linked with a higher risk for premature coronary artery disease (PCAD). PCAD refers to the narrowing of arteries relevant to heart health. In the early stages of the disease it is often asymptomatic but may lead to chest pain and more severe complications such as heart attack as the disease progresses. Refined grains are defined as grain products that have been substantially modified from their natural state, such as white flour, white rice or white bread. This is one of the first studies that examines the relationship between grain intake and coronary artery disease. The researchers not only found that a higher intake of refined grain was associated with an increased risk of PCAD but also that eating whole-grains was associated with a smaller risk. Participants were given a questionnaire relating to the frequency of refined vs whole-grain intake and then the authors evaluated the association with risk of PCAD.
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Article Publication Date: 3/10/2022
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