Portfolio Diet

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Latest Edit: Hector 2014-03-13 (EDT)

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The Portfolio Diet was introducted by Dr. Jenkins in 2003 as a way of combining a group of foods (a portfolio of foods) which have been shown in studies to help to lower bad cholesterol in our blood. Each food in the diet is healthy and has blood cholesterol lowering effects on its own. The basis of this diet is that when the foods are combined the effect is even greater.


A Portfolio diet involves:[1]

  • Restrict saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. Therefore, restrict red meat, non-paper filtered coffee, high fat dairy products.
  • Substitute soy foods for meat. Drink soy milk instead of milk and substitute soy protein foods for other meats.
  • Consume as much ‘sticky’ fiber as possible, including psyllium and glucomannan supplements, and foods such as oats, barley, beans, eggplant and okra.
  • Consume plant sterol-enriched foods or take as a dietary supplement.
  • Have a handful of tree nuts every day, such as almonds.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Jenkins David, Kendall Cyril, Faulkner Dorothea, et al. (Dec 2002) A Dietary Portfoli Approach to Cholesterol Reduction: Combined Effects of Plant Sterols, Vegetable Proteins, and Viscous Fibers in Hypercholesterolemia Metabolism;51(12):1596-1604.
  2. Drown DJ (Nov 2003) The Portfolio Diet to reduce the risk of heart disease. Metabolism;52(11):1478-83.