A Lowered Cholesterol Vegan Diet

The Lempert Report
May 31, 2023

There's a new study that's come out from Denmark that talks about being vegetarian or vegan can help your cholesterol. The researchers looked at the levels of LDL, which is the bad cholesterol, and the LDL levels dropped 10% and total cholesterol declined 7% for people that were following a plant-based diet, as compared to those who eat both meats and plants. So this is yet another reason that we should be going plant-based.

Sally:  Our best way of helping our cholesterol come down, and that eating plant-based diet will not do as well of a job as statins will do in lowering your cholesterol. But the idea is that if we can find a combination of those to help people lower their cholesterol, then that's a win-win situation and maybe less medication for as many people.

Phil: Yeah, and also what I love about this study is they actually based their finding on results from 30 randomized clinical trials that had over 2,300 of them published between 1982 and 2022. So this is not one of those studies that have five people that they're looking at. So what we really want to do is make sure that, if you are going to become a vegan or go vegetarian, that you include enough iron, iodine, vitamin B12 and vitamin D in your diet. And also what the study points out is for the majority of us, just following the Mediterranean diet is going to have the same effect for us. So yet again, another check mark for Mediterranean diet and the way you know those Italians eat the Italians and the Greeks. That's a good thing good and tasty, both.