A new study indicates a low-fat, vegetarian diet that includes soy, eggplant and almonds can reduce cholesterol levels as much as some widely used drugs. The study was funded in part by the Almond Board of California.
The findings were drawn from a small, one-month study. Researchers say if the results hold up in a larger study, they could have broad implications for millions of people with high cholesterol.
Current treatment relies on medications like Lipitor, which are effective but costly. The fiber-rich diet used in the study included eggplant, okra, soy protein, almonds, and margarine containing plant steroids.