How Whole Grains Could Help Your Liver

Live Science | 4/4/2019 | Staff
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ATLANTA — Eating whole grains and cereal may reduce the risk of liver cancer.

That's according to findings presented Tuesday (April 1) here at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

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With that in mind, a group of researchers decided to see if there was an association between eating more grains and fiber and the risk of liver cancer. To do so, they used two large U.S. data sets: the Nurses' Health Study, which began in 1976 and comprised of all women, and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, an all-male study that began in 1986.

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Every four years or so for up to 32 years, study participants filled out a questionnaire about their dietary habits. During that time span, 141 of the more than 125,000 participants were diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma.

"We observed that a higher whole grain intake was associated with lower hepatocellular carcinoma risk," compared with a lower whole grain intake, senior study author Dr. Xuehong Zhang, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said during a talk about the research.

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But the researchers also found that certain parts of a whole grain might be associated with a reduced risk, Zhang added.

A whole grain is a seed that is made up of three main parts: The bran, which is the outer layer; the endosperm, which is the middle layer; and the germ, which is the...
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