Evidence statements for consuming grain (cereal) foods (mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties)

The following evidence statements are sourced from the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and are based on a review of the scientific evidence that outline consuming foods from the grain (cereal) foods (mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties) food group can support optimal health and prevent disease.

Evidence statements 
Grade
Consumption of cereal foods (especially wholegrains and those with fibre from oats or barley) is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease in adults.
B
Consumption of one to three serves per day of wholegrain cereals is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
B
Consumption of cereal foods (especially three serves a day of wholegrains) is associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
B
Consumption of three to five serves per day of cereal foods (mainly wholegrain) is associated with a reduced risk of weight gain.
B
Consumption of one to three serves per day of cereals high in fibre is associated with reduced risk of colorectal cancer in adults.
C