The Secret of Cereal

What’s the key to a longer life? Simple – cereal! It’s time to pick up a bowl of your favorite Cheerios and watch the years pile on!

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According to this CNN article, there’s much more than a plastic toy hidden inside: the key to a long life may also be buried in the box.

Scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health have been busy researching the impact of cereal fiber on diet for several years. These participants have found that those who report a diet rich in cereal fiber lived longer than those who choose less fiber. The subjects with higher fiber diets have a 19 percent reduction of death, compared to those who ate the least amount of cereal fiber.

Not only did this study conclude that those with high-fiber diets generally live longer, but they also had less of a risk of dying from cancer and diabetes. People who ate a lot of whole grains and dietary fiber had a 17 percent lower risk of all-cause mortality.

The scientists have concluded that cereal fiber is one “potentially protective component” of a healthy, premature death-preventing diet.

Of course this study will not prove to work with all cereals — such as everyone’s favorite, Lucky Charms — but cereals such as All-Bran, Kashi GoLean, Fiber One and Honey Bunches of Oats are great, healthy sources of fiber.

In order to eat your way to a longer life, make sure you look for cereal with more than 10 grams of cereal fiber.

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