Eating your way to lower cholesterol

Published: March, 2006

Foods fortified with plant sterols or stanols can help nudge down high cholesterol.

It's odd, but true, that eating foods fortified with a cousin of cholesterol can lower your cholesterol. These substances, called plant sterols and stanols, are being added to foods ranging from granola bars to chocolate as companies try to cash in on an FDA-approved health claim. Although eating extra plant sterols or stanols won't control seriously high cholesterol, it could be a boon for people who need a little extra help.

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