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May 2000 Issue

Soy Compound Doubles Benefits of Low-Fat Diet

New research suggests that adding soybean extract to a low-fat diet can double the reduction in blood cholesterol. Researchers think the extract, known as plant sterols, limits cholesterol absorption. This is the first time itís been shown to improve cholesterol levels beyond what a low-fat diet can do. U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers studied 53 men and women with mildly elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad" cholesterol) levels. During three weeks of a moderately low-fat diet, total cholesterol fell 7% and

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