Enjoy Whole Grains to Age Well
Getting older is a privilege and aging well and with optimal health is largely under the control of your lifestyle choices. One of these choices to optimise your health as your age includes including adequate whole grain servings each day. Whole grains & whole grain containing foods like Corn Thins™ slices have a variety of health promoting factors to support healthy ageing, this includes:
Supporting Your Heart Health
By including at least 3 servings of whole grains each day may reduce your risk of heart disease by as much as 40%. The fibre in whole grains plays the biggest role in keeping your heart healthy and specifically the soluble fibre. This type of fibre drags out cholesterol from your body and prevents it being reabsorbed and consequently increasing your total and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol.
Supporting mental health
Whole grains provide prebiotics which are the source of fuel for the good bacteria in your gut. The type of fibre also supports more of the good types of bacteria in your gut. Your gut has many important functions and one being its capacity to influence your mood and mental health. There is a direct link to the brain from the gut called the brain-gut axis, so a healthy gut means a healthy brain.
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Whole grains have a matrix of health benefits and the fibre specifically helps keep the munchies away for longer and makes maintaining a healthy weight easier. Being a healthy weight is important to reduce your risk of heart disease, certain cancers like breast cancer and inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Keeps your muscles strong
Whole grains and whole grain containing foods like Corn Thins™ products are good sources of zinc, magnesium, and protein. These are three nutrition factors which support the maintenance and growth of muscle cells. When you have muscle, this pulls on the bones which stimulate the creation of a strong bone reducing your risk of osteoporosis.
Decreases your risk of colorectal cancer
There is a direct link between including whole grains in your diet and a decreased risk of colorectal cancer. As you get older your risk of colorectal cancer increases. By including at least 3 servings of whole grains daily with a serving being 1 slice or 40g of whole grain bread, ¼-1/2 cup of cooked brown rice, quinoa, whole grain couscous, or 6 Corn Thins™ slices you are helping reduce your risk of this cancer.
Take home message: Including whole grains and whole grain containing foods like Corn Thins™ products in your diet as a lifestyle is beneficial for healthy ageing and optimising your quality of life.