A recent medical study revealed the dangers of consuming refined grains such as bread and white rice, warning that this dietary behavior is linked to a higher risk of coronary artery disease.
The study, whose results will be presented extensively at the 13th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Diseases, said that eating refined grains is similar to adopting a diet rich in sugars and oils.
In contrast, eating whole grains, such as whole-grain bread, whole oats or quinoa, was associated with a lower risk of early coronary artery disease.
The study confirmed that grains lose important nutrients when they are ground into flour, in order to prolong their shelf life, as reported by the UPI news agency.
The study indicated that smoking, high cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes are factors for early coronary artery disease, which often begins without symptoms, but can lead to chest pain or a heart attack caused by narrowing or rupture of plaques in the arterial wall.
The American Heart Association for the prevention of cardiovascular disease recommends a diet that emphasizes vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains and fish to reduce heart disease risk factors.