A diet rich in foods, such as oats and nuts, and also milk, tofu and meat substitutes, peas, beans and lentils, will be more effective in lowering cholesterol levels. One need not resort to avoiding fatty foods and cutting out saturated fats alone.
Researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada have reported this development and their studies proved that a six-month change to the diet (oats and nuts ) could result in a “meaningful” 13 per cent reduction in blood levels of LDL cholesterol, also called bad cholesterol.
The study was conducted on 345 patients suffering from high cholesterol. They were split into three groups, one of which was merely recommended to adopt a low-fat diet that included fruit and vegetables, while the other two were advised on a dietary “portfolio” consisting of specific foods known to lower LDL cholesterol such as nuts, oats, soy products and lentils. After six months the low-fat group had experienced a drop in LDL cholesterol levels of three per cent.
This research paper has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.