Certain foods may help lower cholesterol

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August 24, 2011 9:40:31 AM PDT
Eating certain foods may help lower your cholesterol levels even without the help of medication.

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.