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Aug
Eat Oats and Nuts to Lower your Cholesterol

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Consuming more oats and nuts, instead of simply avoiding food containing fats could boost the efforts and reduce cholesterol, claimed scientists.

They discovered that a diet rich in foods which lowers cholesterol levels was more effective than cutting out saturated fats alone.

The diet that worked best in the study also included soy products such as milk, tofu and meat substitutes, while eating more peas, beans and lentils was also found to be helpful.

Canadian researchers found that a six-month change to the diet could lead to ‘meaningful’ 13 per cent reduction in blood levels of LDL cholesterol, often referred to as ‘bad’ cholesterol.

Continuing the diet for longer period would result in a predicted reduction of almost 11 per cent in heart disease risk over a ten-year period.

The researchers, led by Dr David Jenkins, from the University of Toronto, published their findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The scientists pointed out that the study participants were already on modified diets directed at improving their cholesterol readings.

According to them larger reductions in LDL cholesterol might be seen in people with diets ‘more reflective of the general population’.

Victoria Taylor, senior heart health dietician at the British Heart Foundation, said, ‘This study is encouraging. However, people need to be aware that following this type of plan in the long term takes commitment. Eating a few nuts or having the odd portion of soya beans won’t make up for an otherwise poor diet.’

‘All the people in this trial were already eating a low-saturated fat diet, and this remains our first and foremost advice to people who want or need to reduce their cholesterol,’ he added.




 


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