Portfolio Diet: The Solution To Cholesterol

2009-01-18 12:47

What if there was a combination of foods that were as effective at lowering LDL cholesterol as prescription drugs? Would it be worth adding some new foods to what you eat each day to avoid medication? A study about a new diet plan known as the portfolio diet shows that various foods, such as nuts, soy protein, oat bran, and plant sterols all can have a cholesterol-lowering effect.

This is what the latest in a series of research studies Dr. Jenkins from the University of Toronto shows. Studies have previously shown that various foods, such as nuts, soy protein, oat bran, and plant sterols all can have a cholesterol-lowering effect. But what if you combined all these foods together? Dr. Jenkins’ latest research shows that combining all these foods together is as effective as taking a statin drug. The results showed a 30.9% decrease in LDL cholesterol from the statin and a decrease of 28.2% from the portfolio combination of all these foods.

Dr. Jenkins is calling this a dietary portfolio, but it’s becoming known as ‘The Portfolio Diet’. The concept is to add all of these foods, in a type of portfolio plan, like investments, to cover all possibilities for better heart health. This is not a weight loss diet, however, although the concepts for weight loss and lowered cholesterol could certainly be combined, with proper education and guidance by a qualified nutrition expert.

What is the Portfolio Diet?

Just follow these guidelines:

1. Substitute soy foods for meat. Drink soy milk instead of milk and substitute soy protein foods for other meats.


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I always believed that there is a certain limit for the quantity of active components of soy that could be ingested a day otherwise there is an increased risk of cancer. I don't think that promoting the use of any item should be done without specifying the amount in milligrams of its most active ingredients that could be ingested by human beings. There was a previous study that linked the excessive use of these soya products with increased incidence of breast cancers in females
Cutting down on meats (poultry is also meat!) is a good idea. But no food should be eaten too often because the more often we eat a food, the likelier we are to develop an allergy. And especially not soy, a mono-crop that now is often gene-manipulated. Besides, one study showed that not soy is protective of breast cancer - only FERMENTED soy (miso, tempeh). Any one single food item blown out of proportion will only help big agro-business. The idea is rotation: Eat what is in season at your local farmer or supermarket. Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author. http://members.authorsguild.net/fleckenstein/blog.htm
I really want to try this diet but it would have to be modified because I am allergic to soy products. I would like to see an article offering substitutions for soy. Would small portions of chicken breast, tuna, white fish and pork suffice?
I have just discovered my total cholesterol to be >10! My doctor suggested this diet to try for 3 mos to see if I could lower the total without meds. I would love a diet plan or list of foods for the portfolio diet. I would really appreciate if you could provide this for me. Thanks...Christine