Bruce, B., G.A. Spiller, J.W. Farquhar, 1997. Effects of a plant-based diet rich in whole grains, sun-dried raisins and nuts on serum lipoproteins. Veg Nutr. 1(2):58-63.
After four weeks of a diet rich in whole grains, sun-dried raisins and nuts, researchers saw an improvement in total and LDL cholesterol levels in 15 adults with elevated blood lipids. Both improved colon function and increased feelings of fullness were also seen with this plant-based diet containing unrefined, minimally processed foods. Further research is needed to identify additional positive effects of this diet on heart disease risk factors.
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