"Whole" Carbohydrates with Fiber Show Benefit in Successful Aging

Whole carbohydrates with fiber (not processed) show benefit in successful aging (i.e. eat your grain in a bowl). It really is that simple. Carbs are "bad" when you take the fiber off and add sugar and oil (baked and confectionery foods)!

In studying 1,609 adults aged 49 years and older who were free of cancer, coronary artery disease, and stroke at baseline who were followed for 10 years the dietary glycemic index (GI), glycemic load (GL), and carbohydrate intake were not significantly associated with successful aging. The highest versus lowest quartile of total fiber intake had greater odds of aging successfully than suboptimal aging. Those who remained consistently below the median in consumption of fiber from breads/cereal and fruit compared with the rest of cohort were less likely to age successfully. Consumption of dietary fiber from breads/cereals and fruits independently influenced the likelihood of aging successfully over 10 years. These findings suggest that increasing intake of fiber-rich foods could be a successful strategy in reaching old age disease free and fully functional.

 “Association Between Carbohydrate Nutrition and Successful Aging Over 10 Years.” J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016 Jun 1. pii: glw091. [Epub ahead of print] 51318 Bamini Gopinath, BTech, PhD Centre for Vision Research, Department of Ophthalmology, and The Westmead Institute for Medical Research, University of Sydney, Westmead, Sydney, New South Wales 2145, Australia. Email: bamini.gopinath@sydney.edu.au

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