Type of fat, not how much, linked to stroke risk, study finds

Susan S. Johnson

Fat in the diet has long been linked to stroke risk, but new research presented Monday suggests that it’s the type of fat, not the amount, that may be the more important factor.

The study found that eating more animal fat was linked to a higher risk of stroke, while getting more fat from vegetable sources was linked to a lower risk.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, and nutritionists have long worked to understand how a person’s diet plays a role.

“If everyone could make small modifications such as reducing red

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The #1 Best Food to Lower Your Cholesterol, Say Dietitians

Susan S. Johnson

About 38% of American adults have high cholesterol—which is alarming, given that having high cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the U.S. The good news? If your doctor has determined that you have high cholesterol, there is something you can do about it: improve your diet.

According to Keith-Thomas Ayoob, RDN and associate clinical professor emeritus at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, what you eat can have a major impact on your cholesterol levels. And unlike cholesterol medication, he says food doesn’t come with any potentially nasty

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