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Old 05-19-2014, 11:33 AM   #7
Darryl Shaw
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Re: Time to jump off that gluten free train...

Originally Posted by Jason Tebedo View Post
What is the tipping point or key component in whole grains that leads to a reduced chance of cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, overweight and obesity? I don't think it is the grain itself.
Good question. We know that whole grains are a good source of carbohydrate, protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals, and a number of bioactive components, some of which have well documented health benefits, and some which are currently being studied to ascertain their precise role in human health eg. phytic acid (inositol hexaphosphate, IP6) and cancer prevention. However, at present we can't say with any degree certainty if just one of these is the key component responsible for the health benefits of whole grains or if it's the synergistic effect of all of them working together.

New hypotheses for the health-protective mechanisms of whole-grain cereals: what is beyond fibre?
Anthony Fardet. Nutrition Research Reviews (2010), 23, 65134.

Correlation does not equal causation.
No argument from me there.

Could it be that people who eat whole grains are more health conscious compared to those who don't? Ultimately resulting in lower overall calories and a higher consumption of macronutrients?
Yes, of course.
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