‘Ape diet’ lowers bad cholesterol levels

July 23, 2003 | Source: NewScientist.com news service

A vegetarian “ape-diet” is as effective in lowering cholesterol as an established cholesterol-lowering drug.

The diet includes plant sterols (found in plant oils and enriched margarines), viscous fiber (found in oats, barley and aubergine), and soy protein and nuts.

David Jenkins, a vascular biologist at the University of Toronto, believes that humans may be evolutionarily adapted to the diet.