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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Daily Bread May Protect From Cardiovascular Disease

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Eating bread everyday is a good way of preventing the development of cardiovascular diseases, a study carried out by researchers from the University of Barcelona found.

Professor Rafael Llorach Ramon Cajal led a study that identified the health benefits of eating bread and how its consumption is linked to a healthier lipid profile, resulting in overall better cardiovascular health.

A healthier lipid profile means that a person has lower levels of bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) and higher levels of good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol).

The researchers were able to analyze the effects of daily bread (white and whole wheat) consumption across a sample of 275 elderly volunteers who were at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Their findings showed that those who ate bread on a daily basis had healthier lipid profiles and lower insulin levels than those who didn't - meaning that they were at a lower risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
Hypertension is a cardiovascular disease.

From the same article:
High salt intake in the USA caused by bread consumption - Americans are consuming too much salt. More salt in the average American diet comes from bread than from salty snacks like popcorn, pretzels or potato chips. Even though the salty snacks taste saltier, and weight for weight do contain more salt than bread, Americans eat much more bread, resulting in very high salt intake from bread.
Still think they have any idea what they are talking about?

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