Whole Grain Intake and Risk of Ischemic Stroke in Women

  • This review was prepared by Nicola M. McKeown, Ph.D., and Paul Jacques, Sc.D., Epidemiology Program, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University, Boston, MA 02111, USA.


In a recent prospective study, whole grain intake was associated with a reduced risk of ischemic stroke. Refined grain, however, did not elicit such protection. Given the potential health benefits associated with whole grain diets, further exploration on the effects of whole grains on health and risk of chronic disease is warranted.