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Q. What's the big misconception about lowering blood cholesterol levels?

A. “One is that all you have to do is find a special food or combination of foods and not worry about anything else. Another one is that you can go on a diet for four weeks, sort of like you take antibiotics for five days, and then you can go back to how you were eating before and still retain the benefit. Changing just one or two foods, or following a certain diet for a few weeks, isn’t going to have a long-lasting effect. Sometimes people ask about individual foods, but it’s really about the whole dietary pattern, regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy body weight. If you really want to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, you have to buy into the whole picture.”

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