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D.iet & H.ealth : B.ody W.eight Last Updated: Nov 12th, 2006 - 20:38:00

Eating Whole-grain cereals betters weight loss
By Sue Mueller
Sep 17, 2006, 20:15

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People can lose weight in many ways, but not all are healthy. Researchers found eating high-fiber whole grain cereals turns out to be one of the healthy ways to lose weight.

Eating high-fiber cereals can not only help lose weight, but gain some nutrients such as fiber, magnesium and vitamin B-6, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

In the study sponsored by Kraft, Dr. Kathleen J. Melanson, an assistant professor of nutrition science at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston and colleagues followed for six months 180 overweight, sedentary adults who were instructed to exercise and use a reduced-calorie diet full of whole-grain cereals. For comparison, one group did exercise only and another did exercise and used a calorie-reduced diet without whole grain cereal.

Participants in both groups that used a calorie-reduced diet lost more weight than the exercise-only group, with 12 pounds lost in each individual who both did exercise and ate a calorie-reduced diet, according to the study.

However, the group using whole-grain cereals had a lower intake of saturated fat and high intake of fiber, magnesium and vitamin B-6, indicating use of high-fiber whole grain cereals delivers a better profile of nutrients.

Still, the whole-grain cereal group did not gain enough calcium and vitamin E. The same deficiency was found in other two groups. Researchers suggested that they didn't drink enough milk and or eat enough of other calcium/vitamin E rich foods.

In an effort to lose weight, many people avoid carbohydrates-based foods such as cereals as they believe using grain products could counteract their weight loss effort. However, previous studies by other researchers have already showed eating grain products is not responsible for the obesity epidemic in the US.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a retired nutrition professor from Cornell University, said in his book "China Study" that the Chinese people in rural areas eat more grain products and even more calories, but they have much lower incidence of obesity." His findings suggested the cause of obesity in the West might be high intake of fat and animal proteins.

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