Cholesterol-Lowering Foods Reduce LDL Levels More than Low-Fat Diets
Posted Aug 23 2011 10:18pm
Millions of Americans pop statins to keep their cholesterol levels down. But new research suggests that cholesterol-friendly foods, such as soy products and tree nuts, may also contribute to lowering LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol levels.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that people who ate a healthy diet filled with cholesterol-lowering foods experienced a 13 percent decrease in their LDL cholesterol levels. Those who followed a diet low in saturated fats experienced a 3 percent decrease.
“The main takeaway here is that people can lower their cholesterol with diet if they put their minds to it,” said Dr. David Jenkins, a professor of nutrition and metabolism at University of Toronto and lead author of the study. “These can be small changes. We’re not asking people to live behind bars.”
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