Grains have become another popular "villain" of good health… IMO much like eggs and saturated fats are/were.
I incorporated whole grains into my diet 7 years ago when diagnosed with T2 diabetes, high blood pressure and 'high' cholesterol (I was also morbidly obese). Since then I have lowered my A1c to 5.8, and both blood pressure and cholesterol levels/ratios are now ideal (and I lost 165 pounds).
I am not saying that whole grains receive all the credit but certainly they did not hurt. I had cut whole grains out of my diet 6 months ago as an experiment to see if I could push my A1c lower … it didn't work and honestly I did not feel as good as before so I started reintroducing them into my diet. Currently I eat 1/4 cup of uncooked rolled oats (<15 g carbs) every day. I have been able to do this and still keep my daily carb intake to about 50 grams total. My daily bgl is slightly improved and I am feeling great.
There are a number of scientific trials and studies that have shown significant nutritional benefit to eating oats such as: improved cholesterol and overall heart health, better immune system response to infections, improved blood sugar stabilization and more.
Not recommending this for everyone (anyone) so take this with a healthy dose of YMMV
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