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Feb 21, 2014 • By

Eat whole grains, get the benefits of fiber

When you eat higher amounts of whole grains (like those found in some cereals), you’re more likely to have the highest total intake of dietary fiber.

This news comes from a recent study published by the University of Minnesota in collaboration with the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition.

Researchers examined the association between whole grain intake and total dietary fiber using results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2009 – 2010.

The data, collected from a cross-section of U.S. households, found that among Americans two years and older, those who ate higher amounts of whole grains were more likely to have the highest total dietary fiber intake.

Studies have shown many health benefits of fiber –including, reducing blood cholesterol levels, lowering the risk of heart disease, maintaining regularity and helping you feel full longer which can aid in weight loss

“With all the known health benefits of dietary fiber, many Americans fall short on meeting the recommended daily amount,” says Ann Albertson, one of the researchers contributing to the study. “These findings show that by consuming the recommended amount of whole grain foods, you are much more likely to consume adequate amounts of dietary fiber.”

The researchers found that whole grain ready-to-eat cereals – like Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Chex – were the greatest contributors to total dietary fiber for children and adolescents, followed by yeast bread/rolls, oatmeal and popcorn.

So choose to eat your whole wheat toast, your oatmeal or your bowl of whole grain cereal and get the benefits of fiber!

Editor’s note: The study also was covered by Reuters and Food Navigator.

For more information about the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition visit BellInstitute.com.