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Is Nuts-and-soy diet A low-fat diet?

b27b5105-4e17-41ee-b5de-f929f15b66c8Need to lower LDL cholesterol but your low-fat diet just isn’t doing it? Try upping your intake of nuts, including soy nuts. Add a bowl of oatmeal or some soy milk and a little cholesterol-fighting bread spread.

 

 These may not sound all that tasty, but the foods they’re in are! They’re also easy to find, quick and simple to eat, and so filling that they’ll likely help you lose weight while lowering your LDL cholesterol. How effective are their ingredients? Other studies have found that diets rich in them could cut your LDL cholesterol as much as a low-dose statin drug.

 

 People who ate a diet rich in foods that lower cholesterol, such as nuts, soy, avocado, olive oil and oats, saw a bigger drop in cholesterol than people on a low-fat diet. 

 

 After six months of eating a diet that specifically included foods that lower LDL cholesterol, the randomized trial showed people experienced a 13 percent drop in low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad” cholesterol).

 

 Those on a diet that just emphasized low-fat foods, including high-fiber options and whole grains, saw a three percent drop in LDL, said the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

 

 “This study indicated the potential value of using recognized cholesterol-lowering foods in combination,” said the study.

 

 The trial took place at four different sites in Canada — Quebec City, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver — and included 351 participants with elevated cholesterol levels.  Those on the concentrated cholesterol-lowering regime were divided into two groups — one which had two nutritional counseling sessions and the other which had seven clinic visits over six months — but both saw very similar results.

 

 The trial did not restrict calories or provide subjects with food. All the subjects lost a similar amount of weight — between 1.2-1.7 kilograms (2.6-3.7 pounds) — during the study.

 

Foods included in the cholesterol-lowering group were drawn from a list of US Food and Drug Administration approved suggestions for better heart health, including the use of olive oil instead of butter, and margarine products fortified with plant sterols that help block absorption of cholesterol.

Other such foods included avocado, oatmeal, soy, tofu, beans, lentils, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachio nuts and walnuts.

 

 

The study had a high overall dropout rate — 22.6 percent — though it noted “this attrition rate is common to dietary studies provided at these levels of intensity.”

 

 Another drawback was that it included mainly white subjects of moderate weight with low heart disease risk, so it was “unknown” if similar effects would be seen in “higher-risk, more overweight, or obese patient populations.”

 

Need to lower LDL cholesterol but your low-fat diet just isn’t doing it? Try upping your intake of nuts, including soy nuts. Add a bowl of oatmeal or some soy milk and a little cholesterol-fighting bread spread.

 

These may not sound all that tasty, but the foods they’re in are! They’re also easy to find, quick and simple to eat, and so filling that they’ll likely help you lose weight while lowering your LDL cholesterol. How effective are their ingredients? Other studies have found that diets rich in them could cut your LDL cholesterol as much as a low-dose statin drug.

 

Loading ImagePeople who ate a diet rich in foods that lower cholesterol, such as nuts, soy, avocado, olive oil and oats, saw a bigger drop in cholesterol than people on a low-fat diet. 

 

After six months of eating a diet that specifically included foods that lower LDL cholesterol, the randomized trial showed people experienced a 13 percent drop in low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad” cholesterol).

 

Those on a diet that just emphasized low-fat foods, including high-fiber options and whole grains, saw a three percent drop in LDL, said the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

 

“This study indicated the potential value of using recognized cholesterol-lowering foods in combination,” said the study.

 

The trial took place at four different sites in Canada — Quebec City, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver — and included 351 participants with elevated cholesterol levels.  Those on the concentrated cholesterol-lowering regime were divided into two groups — one which had two nutritional counseling sessions and the other which had seven clinic visits over six months — but both saw very similar results.

 

The trial did not restrict calories or provide subjects with food. All the subjects lost a similar amount of weight — between 1.2-1.7 kilograms (2.6-3.7 pounds) — during the study.

Foods included in the cholesterol-lowering group were drawn from a list of US Food and Drug Administration approved suggestions for better heart health, including the use of olive oil instead of butter, and margarine products fortified with plant sterols that help block absorption of cholesterol.

 

Other such foods included avocado, oatmeal, soy, tofu, beans, lentils, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachio nuts and walnuts.

 

The study had a high overall dropout rate — 22.6 percent — though it noted “this attrition rate is common to dietary studies provided at these levels of intensity.”

 

Another drawback was that it included mainly white subjects of moderate weight with low heart disease risk, so it was “unknown” if similar effects would be seen in “higher-risk, more overweight, or obese patient populations.”

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