Portfolio Diet: Recipe for Lower Cholesterol

For lower cholesterol, fit 4 cholesterol-fighting foods into your diet portfolio

By Daniel J. DeNoon
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Michael W. Smith, MD

Don't think of the portfolio diet as a diet; think of it as an investment in lower cholesterol.

That advice comes from David J.A. Jenkins, MD, creator of the portfolio diet. Or, as the University of Toronto nutrition expert prefers to call it, a dietary portfolio.

Whatever he calls it, it clearly works. Jenkins and colleagues have shown that their portfolio diet plan cuts cholesterol as well as powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs -- with no side effects.

"Now we can say it is a dietary portfolio of cholesterol-lowering foods," Jenkins says. "We hope later to be able to say it is a portfolio of heart risk-reducing foods. And maybe someday we can say it lowers risk of cancer and diabetes, too."

Even the phrase "diet plan" may be too much for the modest Jenkins.

"We are not trying to go for the Atkins diet type impact," he says. "We'd rather have a concept that can evolve as we learn more. We would like to see people do this on their own."

The portfolio diet isn't designed as a weight loss diet. Its focus is on lowering cholesterol. But there's no reason why you can't incorporate the foods in the portfolio diet into a weight loss plan.

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