April 5, 2010

It takes more than breakfast to lower cholesterol


If you believe what you read in the cereal aisle, the right breakfast choice can lower your cholesterol — and cut your risk of heart disease…


Those claims are based on the fact that the cereals are made from whole grain oats and oat bran, sources of a type of soluble fiber called oat beta-glucan, which has been linked to reduced levels of LDL, or bad, cholesterol. But this doesn't mean your breakfast cereal can replace your Lipitor — or take the place of the broader dietary changes necessary to lower cholesterol…


Although soluble fiber can help lower cholesterol, it should not be the only dietary change people with high cholesterol make, says Sara Wolf, clinical manager of outpatient dietetics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.


LA Times, by Elena Conis, 4/5/2010

Tags: cholesterol, Endocrinology / Diabetes, Sara Wolf

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