Fiber Helps You Age! Easy on the No Grain Approach!

In a total of 1,609 adults aged 49 years and older who were free of cancer, coronary artery disease, and stroke who were followed for 10 years thedietary glycemic index, glycemic load and carbohydrate intake were NOT significantly associated with successful aging. However, participants in the highest versus lowest quartile of total fiber intake had greater odds of aging successfully. 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. Increasing the 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]. Dr. Bamini Gopinath, Centre for Vision Research, Department of Ophthalmology, and The Westmead Institute for Medical Research and

KIRK'S CONCLUSION: The simplest and most important rule in nutrition is eat whole, unprocessed foods. The rule for carbohydrates is that simple - eat the carbohydrate in its whole state and none of the fiber will be removed, you will get a slower release of blood sugar, and you will get full easier. Or, as I tell my patients frequently, "Eat your grain in a bowl". If you take any grain and put it into a bread, cracker, chip, etc. it is usually not a whole grain (meaning it has less fiber) and it usually has sugar and oil added to it. As long as you are not allergic eat whole grains, beans, lentils, peas, yams, sweet potatoes, whole fruits!

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