New Study Could Change the Way You Look at Whole Grains and Weight Loss

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses the details on a study that suggests whole grains may help your weight loss goals.
2:43 | 02/09/17

Coming up in the next {{countdown}} {{countdownlbl}}

Coming up next:

{{nextVideo.title}}

{{nextVideo.description}}

Skip to this video now

Now Playing:

{{currentVideo.title}}

Comments
Related Extras
Related Videos
Video Transcript
Transcript for New Study Could Change the Way You Look at Whole Grains and Weight Loss
grains and how it could affect your weight loss as senior medical contributor Dr. Jen Ashton is here. One of your wheelhouses. Nutrition. Tell us. Interesting study, well designed study out of tufts. They compared two groups and followed them for eight weeks. One group got what, a whole grain diet. One group got a refined grain diet. The whole grain group outperformed. They actually found that they had the equivalent of 100 calories a day less of food or the equivalent of a 30-minute brisk walk. The findings indicate in this whole grain diet may reduce the actual absorption of some of the food we eat, which is interesting and may speed our metabolism so the caveat here, they didn't compare that to a group that avoided grains completely, but head-to-head refined versus whole, the whole grains did better. Explain more what it is about the difference between the two and why. You have to look at -- it's like nutritional science. The anatomy of a grain and the image to the left you'll see there's basically three component, the bran, the germ and endosperm, the fiber, antioxidants, vitamins. Refined grain, most of that is stripped away so processed. You can think of these of maybe the white carb, white bread, white flour and that's the difference. You're getting fiber and nutrients in whole grain there is whole grains are in a lot of foods and some we don't realize. We have a very smart audience here with us. We do. I want to ask you, I want to ask you, thank you. Popcorn or pretzels. Which has more whole grains, popcorn or pretzels? A show of hand you think is popcorn? Show of hands you think it's pretzels has more? Wow, see. Interesting. Which one is it. It's the popcorn. Yes. So, this actually is a whole grain and so this is a perfect example. This can be a really healthy nutritious snack. This not so much. Once in a while pretzels fine, this should be your go to. Butter and salt. How do we put it in our diet. These are my three tips. Number one, read those labels. This can be a whole -- you could get a whole ph.d. In reading labels. Sometimes they can be deceiving but you'll never do wrong looking at labels first, go brown, that will help you and look for the fiber. If you look at these meal, oatmeal, great whole grain, brown rice, quinoa, any of these, they're amazing. Just incorporate it into your diet. Remember, what can brown do for you.

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.

{"duration":"2:43","description":"Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses the details on a study that suggests whole grains may help your weight loss goals. ","mediaType":"default","section":"ABCNews/GMA","id":"45364032","title":"New Study Could Change the Way You Look at Whole Grains and Weight Loss","url":"/GMA/video/study-change-grains-weight-loss-45364032"}