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Plant Sterols and Stanols: What You Need to Know

Do They Really Help Lower Cholesterol?


Because of the proven efficacy of sterols and stanols, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this health claim:

“Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include at least 1.3 grams of plant sterols or 3.4 grams of plant stanols, consumed in two meals with other foods, may reduce the risk of heart disease.” A food product may carry the health claim if the product itself is also low saturated fat (1g or less per serving), low in cholesterol (20mg or less per serving), and contains no more than 13 grams of total fat per serving and per 50 grams.
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Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. A certified health coach through the Cooper Institute with a master's degree in health education, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy-to-apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.

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