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The Unbounded Power of Whole Grains

-- By The American Institute of Cancer Research

A Whole Big Difference
The key to the cancer-fighting potential of whole grains may lie in their wholeness. Each whole grain is composed of three parts: endosperm, bran and germ. When wheat—or any grain—is refined, the bran and germ are normally removed. Although these two parts make up only 15 to 17 percent of the weight of whole wheat grains, most of the protective phytochemicals are in them, as well as the fiber.

Dr. Liu, whose work has been funded by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), believes that his findings may partially explain why diets high in whole grains can help reduce the incidence of colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

More importantly, his findings reinforce the need to eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans for good health. Different plant foods have different phytochemicals. These substances go to different organs, tissues and cells, where they perform different functions. To ward off disease, your body needs this teamwork produced by eating an abundant assortment of plant foods.

For more information on how you can lower your risk of one cancer associated with whole grain consumption, order AICR’s free brochure Reducing Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer , by calling 1-800-843-8114, ext. 111.

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