A new study finds combining these foods with a low-saturated fat diet can significantly lower LDL levels.
The foods include lentils and nuts, and other fibers like oats, barley and soy.
The six-month study looked at 351 older men and women on the verge of requiring medication to control their cholesterol. The results showed a more than 13 percent reduction in LDL cholesterol.
The study appears in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.