I really shouldn't read health supplements any more. They generally just annoy me. But I could resist. I found this gem in the Sunday Telegraph yesterday.
Just before I ditched Paleo and went out to buy some soy and margarine, I thought I'd see if I could find out a bit more about the study.
So it appears the study split 351 men & post menopausal women into two groups for the six-month period. One ate low fat, the other low fat – with “special cholesterol lowering foods”. Hmm, interesting, low fat compared to low fat… The group with the special cholesterol lowering foods lowered their LDL by 13%. But then there was also a 22.6% drop out rate. This is taking me back to Tom Naughton's Science for Smart People lecture at the AHS…
The group with the “special food” also received sessions with a dietitian. The other low fat group did not.
They summed up saying that because the diet was complex, researchers couldn't tell which foods made a difference in lowering cholesterol. Excellent. Regardless, write ups of the study, like the one I saw are still identify these foods as being proven to help lower LDL: –
- Soy proteins such as soy milk and tofu.
- Viscous or “sticky” fibres from oats, barley and psyllium.
- Nuts, including tree nuts and peanuts.
- Plant sterols in margarine.
Whilst Loblaw (a Canadian food retailer), Solae (who sell Soy products) and Unilever (who own lots of products, including margarine) sponsored the study and provided some of the foods used, that obviously had no impact on the study. Whatsoever.
I think I'll stick to my high fat diet…