Excess white bread can lead to cardiovascular disease

A British study suggests that excessive consumption of refined grains, where white bread is made, is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Excess consumption of refined grains, the basis for white bread, can lead to cardiovascular disease.

This is the result of a study by Simon Fraser University, published in The British Medical Journal.

Under the name Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology, this study analyzed the consumption of 21 countries. According to him, the consumption of refined grains and added sugars has increased considerably in recent years.

A refined grain It’s that one which is missing one or more of its three key parts: the bran, the germ or the endosperm. White flour and white rice are refined grains, for example, since the bran and germ of both are removed, leaving only the endosperm.

Pasta, breakfast cereals, cookies and desserts are also made from refined grains.

Whereas whole grains have all the key elements listed above. The main example is in whole grain breads or oats.

Research data on cardiovascular disease and refined grain excesses

Consuming more than seven servings of refined grains per day is associated with a 27% higher risk of early death. It is also associated with a 33% increased risk of heart disease and a 47% increased risk of stroke.

However, no significant adverse effects were found with whole grains or white rice.

The main recommendation is to consume brown rice and barley, in addition to reducing the consumption of white bread and other products with refined grains.

« A healthy diet includes limiting excessively processed and refined foods. » These are the words of Scott Lear, professor of Health Sciences and lead author of the study.

For more information, you can consult Lear’s study in the next link.