March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and March 27th is Whole Grains Sampling Day, which is organized by the Whole Grains Council to highlight the variety of flavors and health benefits of whole grains. One such health benefit is reducing risk for colorectal cancer.
The AICR/WCRF Third Expert Report found strong evidence, for the first time, that eating 90 grams (about 3 ounces) of whole-grain foods daily reduces risk for colorectal cancer by 17 percent. Research also showed that eating greater amounts reduced risk even further.
Whole grains are one of AICR's Foods That Fight Cancer™. Whole grains are a good source of fiber and magnesium and they provide some protein too. Several types of whole grains are good sources of manganese, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B-6 and/or selenium. Other substances in whole grains such as polyphenols and lignans have shown anti-cancer actions in lab studies.
How can you get the recommended amount of whole grains in your diet?