SKIP THE AHA DIET AND ADOPT THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET – (11-17-08)By
Daily Consumption of a Dark Chocolate Containing Flavanols and Added Sterol Esters Affects Cardiovascular Risk Factors in a Normotensive Population with Elevated Cholesterol
A few comments on this study. At first glance, it’s wonderful to see components of dark chocolate and plant sterols (found in things like rice and soy) help lower cholesterol and blood pressure as effectively as many medications.
Looking deeper into the study, we find that these patients were all put on an AHA style diet in addition to the nutrient bar containing the flavanols and sterols. Regular readers of updates will know I am not in favor of the AHA guidelines and that they fall short of benefits obtained with a Mediterranean type diet. So why not skip the bars and the AHA diet and adopt the Mediterranean diet in the first place??
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Since acquiring a passion for how the body works in chiropractic school, I have continued to indulge this desire by reading some 120 peer reviewed medical journals per month. I’m always learning more about how to help people avoid chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, dementia, osteoporosis, obesity and cancer, and pass along this information in my blog. There are currently almost 2,000 posts cataloged on almost every health topic imaginable. Click Here for more bio information