Study: Vegetarian diet shown more effective at lowering cholesterol than low-fat diet

05/3/2005 | MSNBC

Low-fat diets that include high amounts of whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruits offer twice the power to reduce cholesterol as diets that are simply low in fat, according to a new study. Researchers comparing two diets with equal levels of saturated fat, protein, carbohydrate and cholesterol, found that after a month, both groups had lower LDL cholesterol, but the plant-based group's reduction was twice that of the other group.

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