Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 19 April |
Saint of the Day: Pope Saint Leo IX
home iconLifestyle
line break icon

Mom Was Right: Eating Your Oatmeal Is Good for You

Daniel Esparza - published on 06/20/16

A major Harvard University study found a surprising number of major health benefits linked to eating 70 grams of whole grain a day

The race to find a cure for cancer has forced scientists into an ever increasing growing number of unexpected research areas, from nutrition to whatever sub-field of medical research you can think of, including nuclear medicine. But of all of those, the most recent and surprising findings come from a Harvard University study which found the humble, traditional, simple breakfast oatmeal may be one of the mightiest weapons we in order to prevent death from cancer. Actually, it lowers the risk of death from all causes by 22%.

The study, which gathers together 12 other studies on whole grains, involving a total of 786,076 participants, found that just by eating 70 grams of whole grain a day (which is to say, just a large bowl of oatmeal!) you can lower the risk of death from cancer by 20%, and by the same rate for death due to cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Qi Sun, assistant professor in public health at Harvard University said, according to The Independent: “Based on the solid evidence from this meta-analysis and numerous previous studies that collectively document beneficial effects of whole grains, I think healthcare providers should unanimously recommend whole grain consumption to the general population as well as to patients with certain diseases to help achieve better health and perhaps reduce [the risk of premature] death.”

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
SPANISH FLU
Bret Thoman, OFS
What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu of 1918
2
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
3
MASS
Philip Kosloski
5 Essential things used at Mass and their symbolism
4
COUPLE
Cerith Gardiner
7 Joys to be had from a lengthy marriage
5
LOREN SCHAUERS
Annalisa Teggi
Amputee from the waist down is thankful every day to be alive
6
OSORNO
Brett Salkeld
How to vaccinate like a Catholic
7
RECONSTRUCTED CHRIST
Lucandrea Massaro
This 3D “carbon copy” of Jesus was created using the ...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.