Daily Bread Consumption May Protect From Cardiovascular Disease

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University of Barcelona
12/06/2012

Consuming bread on a regular basis may do more than provide you with fiber and other essential nutrients—it may also help prevent cardiovascular disease.

A study led by University of Barcelona’s Professor Rafael Llorach Ramon Cajal linked daily bread consumption to a healthier lipid profile, resulting in better cardiovascular health.

A group of tests often ordered together to determine the risk of coronary heart disease, lipid profile tests help indicate whether someone is at risk of having a heart attack or stroke. A healthier lipid profile suggests lower levels of bad cholesterol and increased levels of good cholesterol.

In this particular study, researchers analyzed the effects of daily bread consumption (both white and wheat) across a sample of 275 elderly volunteers identified as being at risk of developing cardiovascular disease. They discovered that those who consumed bread on a daily basis had both healthier lipid profiles and lower insulin levels—and, as such, were at a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease--than those who consumed bread on a less frequent basis.

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