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Cholesterol-Lowering Food Tops Low-Fat

Cholesterol-Lowering Food Tops Low-Fat

TORONTO — People counseled to eat cholesterol-lowering food such as soy and nuts had lower cholesterol than those on a low-fat diet, researchers in Canada say.

Dr. David J.A. Jenkins of St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto compared the two diets for a six-month period. The control diet emphasized high fiber and whole grains but lacked components of the cholesterol-lowering portfolio diet, which emphasized dietary incorporation of plant sterols, soy protein, viscous fibers and nuts.

The study involved 351 participants with hyperlipidemia from four participating academic centers in Canada — Quebec City, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver — randomized from June 2007 and February 2009.

Participants received dietary advice for six months on either the low-saturated fat diet or the cholesterol-lowering portfolio diet.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, says those who ate the cholesterol-lowering diet had a 13 percent drop in their LDL, “bad,” cholesterol levels, while those who ate a diet low in saturated fats experienced a 3 percent decrease in LDL.

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  • Disgusted

    Just proves that some fats are good for you and you need them in a healthy diet.

  • Ellen

    High cholesterol is mainly caused by excess sugar consumption and consuming trans fats. Low-fat diets frequently have increased sugar and carbs (which turn into sugar). Real fats turn into our hormones, so they are not bad at all if eaten in moderation. Unfortunately, Americans have lost sight of moderation. Whole milk and butter are good for us, but we’ve been told to drink non-fat milk and eat margarine (man-made plastic). Years ago, we were told to avoid eggs because they had cholesterol and were bad for us. The truth is that eggs are an excellent food. Now, we’re told eggs are good again. Why does anyone listen to govt experts anymore?

  • Rudy

    I totaly agree with Ellen as I am being check for cholesterol and the last time I was high! Knowing I was eating a lot of Ice Cream & donuts
    I completely stopped both of those & when I had it check again! My Doctor was totaly surprised that it went way down! So folks lay off the Ice Cream & Donut’s {Sweet’s]


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