Health & Spirit

Grain of Truth

Scott LaFee on

With Americans more health-conscious than ever (even if we're more talk than action), there are presumably healthier "whole-grain" versions of pretty much everything edible that contains grain. And we're gobbling them up. Well, OK ... some of us are.

A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that whole grains make up at least a third of overall grain consumption. Roughly 15 years ago, 13% of adults said they consumed whole grains; by 2016, the percentage had risen modestly to 16%.

Approximately 20% of adults older than 60 eat whole grains, a figure that drops to 13% for adults ages 20 to 39. Women eat whole grains more often than men, as do people in higher income classes.

Whole grains offer the benefit of multiple nutrients not stripped away with refinement. They can also improve bowel health and promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon.

Body of Knowledge

When a doctor or nurse takes your pulse, you might notice they use their middle and index fingers, rather than their thumb, to measure beats. That's because there's a big artery in the thumb -- the princeps pollicis artery -- and like all arteries, it pulses, making it difficult to discern a pulse elsewhere.


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More than 80% of Americans surveyed said they thought cigarette manufacturers should reduce the amount of nicotine in their products. The sentiment was consistent among smokers and nonsmokers. Women and people over age 65 were most in favor of the change.

And maybe with good reason: Another report found 20% of nonsmokers said they are exposed to secondhand smoke at work, with half reporting that it happens at least twice a week.

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