A recent study showed that a combination of cholesterol-lowering foods is as effective as statin drug therapy in reducing both serum lipids and C-reactive protein (a protein in the blood that is a risk factor for heart diseases).
The diet given during the clinical study was a vegetarian diet that included margarine high in plant sterols, soy protein, almonds, and viscous dietary fiber from psyllium, barley, oats, eggplant, and okra. By following this diet pattern, the LDL cholesterol dropped by 29 percent.
This study shows that diet can be very effective in reducing risk factors for heart disease. The results of this study also indicated that an entire diet change is more essential rather than focusing on a single nutrient.