A new study conducted by Canadian scientists has found that a plant-based diet lowered bad cholesterol significantly, without the assistance of drugs. The study examined a group of 345 volunteers with initially high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), also knowwn as "bad" cholesterol.
Participants were divided into three groups — two “intervention groups” who went on the vegan diet, including cholesterol-lowering foods: high in soy protein, nuts, viscous, and plant sterols, and a control group who went on a vegetarian low-saturated fat diet with high fiber and whole grains, including whole grain cereals, fruit and vegetables, but not containing any of the four mentioned cholesterol-lowering foods.
At the end of six months on the assigned diets, the LDL-C cholesterol levels of those on the vegan diet were reduced between 13 and 14 percent, and the LDL-C cholesterol levels of the vegetarian group were reduced by 3 percent. The researchers concluded that a special vegan diet lowers cholesterol significantly.
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