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Ann Nutr Metab. 2011;58(3):232-8. doi: 10.1159/000330112. Epub 2011 Jul 28.

Effect of consumption of dried California mission figs on lipid concentrations.

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Department of Health Promotion and Education, Loma Linda University, School of Public Health, Calif., USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Figs are a rich source of soluble fiber. We evaluated the effect of consuming dried California Mission figs on serum lipids in hyperlipidemic adults.

METHODS:

In a crossover trial men and women aged 30-75 years with elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (100-189 mg/dl) were randomized to add dried California Mission figs (120 g/day) to their usual diet for 5 weeks or eat their usual diet for 5 weeks, then crossed over to the other condition for another 5 weeks. Six 24-hour dietary recalls were obtained.

RESULTS:

Low- and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations did not differ between usual and figs-added diets (Bonferroni-corrected p > 0.017), while total cholesterol tended to increase with fig consumption (p = 0.02). Total cholesterol increased in participants (n = 41) randomized to usual followed by figs-added diet (p = 0.01), but remained unchanged in subjects (n = 42) who started with figs-added followed by usual diet (p = 0.4). During the figs-added diet, soluble fiber intake was 12.6 ± 3.7 versus 8.2 ± 4.1 g/day in the usual diet (p < 0.0001). Sugar intake increased from 23.4 ± 6.5 to 32.2 ± 6.3% of kcal in the figs-added diet (p < 0.0001). Body weight did not change (p = 0.08).

CONCLUSIONS:

Daily consumption of figs did not reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Triglyceride concentrations were not significantly changed despite an increase in sugar intake.

PMID:
21811062
PMCID:
PMC3169356
DOI:
10.1159/000330112
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