Cholesterol Fighting Foods for Your Diet Portfolio (cont.)
The portfolio diet calls for the same kind of investment -- in cholesterol-lowering foods. Just as you wouldn't bet all your money on a single stock, Jenkins says you shouldn't bet your health on a single kind of healthy food.
"We are trying to get paradigm shift from looking at the benefit of a single food," he says. "We want people to look at the combinations of foods -- in real diets for real people in the real world -- that will carry off, as in the financial world, a range of benefits weighted against reducing a range of risks."
As your cholesterol count goes up, so does your risk of heart disease. The safest way to lower cholesterol is by diet. But until recently, experts thought that most people really couldn't significantly lower their cholesterol by diet alone.
True, the experts said, certain changes to the diet can lower cholesterol. Taken alone, however, none of them solves the problem. The big breakthrough came when Jenkins and colleagues showed that all these things add up. They also showed they could be incorporated into the palatable, tasty portfolio diet.
"People don't normally put these things together," Jenkins tells WebMD. "People talk about soy, and oat bran, and plant sterols, and nuts, but nobody has put them all together."
The portfolio diet recipe for lower cholesterol focuses on four kinds of food:
The foods in the portfolio diet are available in supermarkets and health food stores. A typical day on the portfolio diet offers:
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