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Gluten Lowers Cholesterol

A study from the University of Toronto shows that a high-gluten diet helps lower oxidized LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and uric acid.

Many studies show that eating whole grains helps to prevent heart attacks, but doctors are not certain why. Before the bad LDL cholesterol can cause plaques to form in arteries, it must be converted to oxidized LDL. This study shows that gluten does not lower blood levels of the bad LDL cholesterol; it helps prevent LDL from being converted to oxidized LDL cholesterol. Gluten also lowers blood levels of triglyceride that increase heart attack risk.

Gluten is found in wheat, rye and barley. When grains are ground into flour, the miller removes the nutrient-rich germ, with its vitamins, phytochemicals and minerals. Flour is mostly the endosperm which is primarily starch and sugar. So the most healthful source of gluten is are whole grains, rather than bakery products made from flour.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 74, No. 1, 57-63, July 2001 High-protein diets in hyperlipidemia: effect of wheat gluten on serum lipids, uric acid, and renal function. David JA Jenkins, Cyril WC Kendall, Edward Vidgen, Livia SA Augustin, Marjan van Erk, Anouk Geelen, Tina Parker, Dorothea Faulkner, Vladimir Vuksan, Robert G Josse, Lawrence A Leiter and Philip W Connelly .

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Dr. Mirkin's opinions and the references cited are for information only, and are not intended to diagnose or prescribe. For your specific diagnosis and treatment, consult your doctor or health care provider.

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