Lipid Response to a Low-Fat Diet with or without Soy is Modified by C-Reactive Protein
In this study, the authors found that, if a patient has elevated CRP levels, than the AHA-type diet may actually result in elevated cholesterol levels.
This really reminds us that a “one size fits all” approach is not always the best way to go. It also illustrates the point that many of us make–avoiding one class of macronutrients is not always a good idea. It is very possible that a high-omega 3 fatty acid diet with high fiber would produce drastically different results.
Interestingly, however, there was a 13.5% increase in apolipoprotein levels which the authors threw into the “negative” category. This would indicate a much better quality HDL cholesterol with this type of diet.