JAMA: Soy protein, nuts help lower bad cholesterol

This April 25, 2011 photo shows rice and noodle pilaf with edamame and grilled shrimp in Concord, N.H. This recipe is a one-pot meal that can be on the table in around 35 minutes. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

August 23, 2011 9:43:18 PM PDT
There is some promising news for people with high cholesterol.

Research in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that eating soy protein and nuts can reduce bad cholesterol far more effectively than a diet low in saturated fat.

In fact, researchers say levels of LDL can drop to half that seen by many patients who take statins like Lipitor or Crestor.

However, scientists caution that more research is needed and people on statins should not dump their drugs for tofu just yet.