Health bits: Nuts can help crack cholesterol
High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease but regular consumption of nuts can help, according to a study, although the results are modest.
Walnuts and almonds seem beneficial. But nuts are high in calories, so limit yourself to a handful a day, experts say.
Also, recent years have seen the introduction of margarine-like spreads and other foods fortified with cholesterol-lowering plant compounds. Exercise and medications are also key to controlling cholesterol.