Mom, Smoking Affects Your Child’s Cholesterol Levels

Australian researchers have found that 8 year old youngsters of women who smoked during pregnancy had below normal levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL). This kind of cholesterol is often called the "good" cholesterol. Because cholesterol levels tend to track from childhood through adulthood, this difference could result in a 10-15% higher risk of coronary heart disease…

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Walnuts Reduce Cholesterol, Salmon Raises It

Eating one and a half ounces of walnuts a day for a week lowered both total and LDL cholesterol by 5.4% and 9.3%, respectively. For every 1% drop in LDL cholesterol there is a 2% drop in coronary heart disease risk, so this translates to an 18.6% reduced risk of heart disease. In contrast, two 4-ounce servings…

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Effects of Soy milk as a Dietary Complement

Rats fed a soy milk supplemented diet showed decreased total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and an increase in HDL cholesterol. Soy milk decreased fat peroxidation in brain, liver and kidney tissue. Animals with soy milk in their diet lost fewer brain neurons and survived significantly longer than those on a standard diet.PositiveTip: Soy milk can be…

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The Sour Side of Sugars

A substantial portion of Americans' calorie intake comes from added sugars. A recent study found that adults consume nearly one-sixth (15.8%) of their daily calories from sugar added to food. This is up from only 10.6% in 1977-78!

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Flaxseed, Not Oil, Could Help Lower Your Cholesterol

Flaxseed is the richest plant source of alpha-linolenic acid and dietary lignans, a soluble dietary fiber. A number of clinical trials have investigated the effects of flaxseed and flaxseed-derived products on blood lipids, but the findings have been inconsistent. Researchers pooled the results of 28 such studies in a meta-analysis to assess the impact of…

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