A paper was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that foods can lower cholesterol levels; specifically... LDLs (the so-called "bad cholesterol"). The foods that were used in the experimental group were:
- margarine enriched with plant sterols
- viscous fibers such as oats and barley
- soy protein from soy milk, tofu or soy “meats”
- peanuts and nuts from trees
- peas, beans and lentils
That doesn't mean you should go out and stock your fridge with only these items. In fact, any well balanced plant-based diet will do.
For those of you who are regular readers, you know that I hate when pharmaceutical companies sponsor research that shows that their drugs are awesome. Well, this particular study was partially funded by food companies. And the 8 of the 20 authors received fees from these companies. So I guess the pendulum swings both ways. The food company Unilever provided funding (Bertolli pasta, Lipton teas, Slimfast, Hellman's mayonaisse) as did grain manufacturer Viterra.