Whole grain study with Newcastle University
Cereal Partners UK has partnered with Newcastle University to carry out a study of whole grain eating habits in the UK. The findings, published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2015, show that almost a fifth of the UK population don’t eat any whole grain foods at all, and more than 80% of us aren’t eating enough to have any positive effect on health.
Eating whole grains has been linked to a range of health benefits, including lower body weight, BMI and cholesterol levels. There’s also strong evidence that they reduce the risk of several chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
By analysing data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey 2008–2011, the Newcastle University research team also found that people eating higher levels of whole grain may also have a less stressed immune system.
Read our commitment to encouraging whole grain consumption.
“The key message here is that consuming more whole grains doesn’t require a major lifestyle change. Just small tweaks to the diet – such as replacing white rice and pasta for brown, or eating a wholegrain cereal for breakfast – can have a major impact on your health.”
Chris Seal, Professor of Food and Human Nutrition, Newcastle University