Diet Combining Cholesterol-Lowering Foods Better Than Low-Saturated Fat Diet in Cholesterol Reduction

Persons with high cholesterol who received counseling regarding a diet that combined cholesterol-lowering foods such as soy protein, nuts and plant sterols over 6 months experienced a greater reduction in their low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels than individuals who received advice on a low-saturated fat diet, according to a study in the August issue of JAMA.

The researchers found that the change in LDL-C levels from the beginning of the study to week 24 in the low-saturated fat control diet were -3.0 percent or -8 mg/dL. In the routine and intensive dietary portfolio of food components with known cholesterol-lowering properties, the respective percentage changes were -13.1 percent or -24 mg/dL and -13.8 percent or -26 mg/dL for LDL-C levels.

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