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Effects of Fiber on Plasma Lipoprotein Composition

  • Barbara Olds Schneeman
  • Michael Lefevre


Elevated plasma cholesterol levels have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Because of this association, considerable research effort has been focused on elucidating dietary factors that may be associated with lower plasma cholesterol levels. Reduction of plasma cholesterol by drug intervention has recently been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. Vegetarian diets and diets rich in plant foods relative to animal foods have been associated with lower plasma cholesterol and there is some evidence that vegetarianism may be associated with protection from heart disease (Burr and Sweetnam, 1982; Phillips et al., 1978). Several aspects of a diet rich in plant foods may be protective, including amount and type of fat, protein, and fiber. This chapter will focus on the potential effects of dietary fiber on plasma lipids and lipoproteins.


Dietary Fiber Wheat Bran Plasma Cholesterol Lipoprotein Fraction Vegetarian Diet 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Olds Schneeman
    • 1
  • Michael Lefevre
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NutritionUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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