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5 Myths about Cholesterol (Page 6)

Myth #5: If you’re trying to lower your cholesterol, eat more soy.

Myth #5: If You're Trying to Lower Your Cholesterol, Eat More Soy.

Research suggests that soy protein has only a small effect, if any, on lipid levels. The real benefit may be related to the use of soy as a substitute for high-saturated-fat foods. Some research shows that people can lower their cholesterol by eating a diet rich in soy protein, fiber, plant sterols and nuts, such as almonds.

A cholesterol truth to end on: Take actions that naturally lower your LDL and raise your HDL: regular exercise, eating monounsaturated fats (like in olive and canola oil, plus avocados) in place of saturated and trans fats and eating more soluble fiber can all help.

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