A new study has revealed that eating a combination of of cholesterol-lowering foods may reduce LDL levels (bad cholesterol).
People who ate a combination of recognised cholesterol-lowering foods for 6 months or more effectively lowered their LDL (or bad) cholesterol than those who consumed a therapeutic low-saturated fat diet.
These are the findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by a team of Canadian researchers.
In this randomised, ‘real-world’ study, a team of researchers recruited a total of 345 people with high blood cholesterol across four locations in Canada. Participants were randomised to one of three dietary regimes for six months.
The authors concluded that coaching people to consume a healthful, low-fat diet that also incorporates adequate viscous fibre, plant sterols, soy protein, and nuts, has potential for lowering cholesterol through routine clinical practice.
Further study is needed to confirm if this approach is in fact associated with lower CHD rates, the researchers said.
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