If you love a good bowl of cereal, you could be feeding your health as well as your hunger. Eating a hearty amount of whole grains could contribute to living a longer life, new research suggests.
In fact, eating large amounts of cereal fibers could contribute to a reduced risk of death from conditions such as cancer and diabetes by as much as 20 percent, according to a study by the Harvard Medical School and published in BMC Medicine.
For the study, a team of researchers assessed over 367,000 healthy people over an average of 14 years who were taking part in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. The analysis excluded people who suffered from conditions including heart or kidney disease, stroke and diabetes.
Participants were asked questions regarding their diets and exercise habits as well as being monitored for health conditions and mortality. The researchers found that those who ate 1.2 ounces of whole grains per day had up to a 17 percent reduced risk of death, compared to those who ate much less. Those who ate the most cereal fiber had up a 19 percent reduced risk.