9 Top Healing Foods
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Whole grains are far superior nutritionally to refined varieties because they retain both the germ, rich in heart-supporting vitamin E and folate, and the bran, a source of fiber. Fiber lowers cholesterol, prevents constipation, slows digestion to help steady blood sugar levels, and makes you feel fuller faster, which curbs overeating and weight gain. In a Harvard Medical School study, participants who ate two and a half servings per day of whole-grain breads, cereals, and other foods lowered their heart-disease risk by 30 percent compared with women who ate less than one serving daily. Don't be fooled by such label listings as "unbleached flour," "enriched flour," and "wheat flour"—look for the word whole.