Eating more fiber can improve cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart attack by up to 40 percent.1
A high-fiber diet primarily lowers low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol. Apparently, soluble fiber works best, but it takes between 15 and 25 grams of soluble fiber daily.
It probably works by reducing the absorption of fat and cholesterol from the intestines. Oats, rice, fruits and vegetables are good sources of soluble fiber. Legumes (beans, peas and lentils) are not only a high-protein, lowfat food, but they also contain a large amount of soluble fiber and no cholesterol.
‘Richard D. Pinson, M.D., Self Health
1 Rimm, E.B., et al. (1996). Vegetable, fruit and cereal fiber intake and risk of coronary heart disease among men. JAMA. 275:447-451.