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Am J Clin Nutr. 1991 May;53(5):1259-65.

Consumption of prunes as a source of dietary fiber in men with mild hypercholesterolemia.

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Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis 95616.

Abstract

Forty-one free-living adult men with mild hypercholesterolemia (5.2-7.5 mmol/L) voluntarily participated in an 8-wk crossover study designed to determine the effect of prunes as a source of fiber on plasma cholesterol and on fecal output and bile acid concentration. During the prune period, subjects supplemented their usual diets with 12 prunes (100 g; 6 g dietary fiber) daily. Plasma low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol was significantly lower after the prune period (3.9 mmol/L) than after the grape-juice-control period (4.1 mmol/L). Fecal bile acid concentration of lithocholic acid was significantly lower after the prune period (0.95 mg bile acid/g dry wt stool) than after the grape-juice-control period (1.20 mg bile acid/g dry wt stool). Both fecal wet and dry weights were approximately 20% higher after the prune period than after the grape-juice-control period. Total bile acids (mg/72 h) did not significantly differ between experimental periods.

PMID:
1850578
DOI:
10.1093/ajcn/53.5.1259
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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