A smarter, old-fashioned choice would be simply to eat more healthily, she added.
"We know that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and multi-grains, and low in fats, can also decrease the incidence of heart disease in humans," Steinbaum said. "Yet the Western diet filled with fat and simple sugars still is more preferred."
Experts also note that findings presented at medical meetings are typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Find out more about cholesterol at the American Heart Association.
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