Following the resounding affirmation of the failure of low-fat diets to provide health benefits, investigators from the massive Women’s Health Initiative Study report that this boring style of eating is also ineffective for lowering cholesterol levels. Women in the low-fat arm of this mammoth clinical trial did not experience any favorable changes in their blood lipid levels including LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. Knowing how various macronutrients impact blood lipids, these results are not at all surprising to me.
When you decrease the fat in your diet, you end up eating more carbs. If the carbs you choose are the ones most commonly consumed, namely the refined Great White Hazards, your blood lipids all go in the wrong direction. We also know that low-fat diets throw the baby out with the bath water. The right fats (namely monounsaturated fats and omega 3 fats) move your blood lipids in the right direction.
If you are amongst the many Americans with unhealthy cholesterol levels, here is a list of foods you should be including in your diet regularly.
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