Portfolio Diet: Recipe for Lower Cholesterol
For lower cholesterol, fit 4 cholesterol-fighting foods into your diet portfolio.
Is the Portfolio Diet Right for You?
Should you be on the portfolio diet? Most people who want to lower their
cholesterol are worried about their heart health. So WebMD turned to Richard
Milani, MD, director of the cardiovascular health center at Ochsner Clinic, New
"If your goal is cholesterol reduction, this is a very adequate
plan," Milani says. "If your goal is weight reduction, this may not be
it. If your goal is reducing your risk of heart attack, the Mediterranean diet
may be better -- although plant sterols and nuts are part of the Mediterranean
But Milani is quick to note that the foods in the portfolio diet can be
added to almost any healthy diet.
"What Jenkins and colleagues are saying is you can take these components
and put them in any diet," Milani says. "It can be done --
inexpensively -- to get people's cholesterol under control."
Jenkins notes that cholesterol-lowering drugs have more side effects at high
doses. He therefore suggests that the foods in the portfolio diet may help
people get the most out of these drugs -- without increasing the dosage.