The key to a healthy heart

THE key to a man's heart may be in a little bowl, of cereal.

Men who eat whole-grain cereal for breakfast have a lower risk of heart failure than their cereal-averse peers, according to a new study from researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Culling data from a national survey of more than 20,000 physicians launched in 1982, the investigators found that men who ate seven or more servings per week of cereal had 28% less risk of heart failure than those who ate no cereal at all.

The risk was reduced by 22% for those who ate whole-grain cereal two to six times a week.

"We found a dose response," reports Dr. Luc Djoussé, an associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "Thus, the more you eat, the better off you are, within reason." This is not a free ticket for huge consumption of cereal, he cautions.

"A half-cup to a cup of whole-grain cereal with 4 grams of fiber is fine. And use skim or low-fat milk."

News from Los Angeles Times , 29 october 2007



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