Nuts include almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pine-nuts, cashewnuts and peanuts. A meta-analysis of seven almond studies showed as high as 10 percent reduction in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.
Research has also shown that frequent seed consumption like sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, fenugreek seeds, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds etc, is associated with lower levels of cholesterol.
Phytosterols are plant sterols or stanols similar to cholesterol that act in the intestines to lower cholesterol absorption. They are most commonly found in fruits and vegetables.
Ishi Khosla is a former senior nutritionist at Escorts. She heads the Centre of Dietary Counselling and also runs a health food store. She feels that for complete well-being, one should integrate physical, mental and spiritual health. According to her: “To be healthy should be the ultimate goal for all.”