foods/almonds.jpgDid you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, for both men and women? Having a high LDL cholesterol level is directly linked to coronary heart disease.


A new study suggests that eating a certain combination of heart-healthy foods, including almonds, oatmeal, lean meats and fish, can help reduce LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol levels as much as a first-line statin drug. This gives patients a new reason to ask for a grocery list rather than a prescription at the first sign of high cholesterol levels.

The study, set to be published in today’s issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) builds off previous tightly controlled clinical studies and was designed to answer the question of what happens when people follow the Portfolio Eating Plan in a real world setting. After one year of this real-world situation, one third of the patients achieved a statin-like effect from the Portfolio Eating Plan, lowering their cholesterol by 20 percent or more. Of this group, two thirds included fish and lean meats in their diet.

Previous vegetarian-based studies had shown that this way of eating, called the Portfolio Eating Plan, could lower cholesterol dramatically – but the latest study shows that it does not need to be vegan or even vegetarian to achieve notable results.

For more information about the Portfolio Eating Plan, including heart healthy tips and recipes, go to The Portfolio Eating Plan.