Cholesterol Prevention and Cholesterol Diet
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BMJ | Neal D. Barnard and Angela Eakin: Yes, cholesterol matters
Cholesterol Diet and Prevention
Decades of science have conclusively linked dietary cholesterol to cardiovascular disease, which kills nearly 2,200 Americans daily.
Plant-based, cholesterol-free diets are proven to fight heart disease.
Research from the Institute of Medicine shows that the more cholesterol people consume through diet, the higher their total blood cholesterol levels will be.
Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (Macronutrients) (2002); Food and Nutrition Board (FNB), Institute of Medicine (IOM) (www.nap.edu/books/0309085373.html).
Cholesterol and Heart Disease
An estimated 7.1 million Americans have experienced a heart attack during their lifetimes. Those who survive a heart attack often go on to have another.
More than 7 percent of Americans have some type of cardiovascular disease, and one out of every six deaths in the United States is due to coronary heart disease alone. Eating habits and other lifestyle factors play a large role in determining the risk of heart disease and may prevent or even reverse this condition.
Suggested Reading About Cholesterol
For more information on lowering cholesterol and other benefits of a low-fat vegetarian diet, the Physicians Committee recommends:
Dr. Barnard’s Blog: Cholesterol Confusion: Let’s Make Sense of It
Take action: Urge the United States government to get cholesterol out of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines