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Plant Sterols and Stanols: What You Need to Know

Do They Really Help Lower Cholesterol?


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Very informative! Thank you so much! Report
Very useful information for all of us Report
great. Report
I'll eat more avocados, but no cookies. Good need-to-know info! Report
This article reads like a 'promotional health ad' for processed packaged food...I'm sure including crappy junk food along with these additional benefits will negate the benefits. Eat REAL food! Report
I agree with many of the commenters: where are more whole foods with sterols/stanols? I've worked very hard to get rid of "fake" food from my life. I know there may be small amounts but, with a variety of choices, I could come closer to reaching the amount needed without having to resort to processed food. Report
And note that the recommendation is for 2 to 3 grams of the stuff *every day*. Otherwise it does not have the same effect. Hence the need for supplementation, whether with maca powder (yuck), in capsule form, or in processed foods that aren't all that healthy in and of themselves.
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Yup, so if I eat this brand of chocolate covered almonds, I'm improving my health. NOT! Unfortunately, it isn't easy to get enough sterols and stanols from real food on a daily basis, at least not in sufficient quantities to lower one's cholesterol, and for a change, the studies are unequivocal -- sterols and stanols do help.

I've heard there are supplements available, and that's what I'm looking for, not these pseudo-health foods.

Mind you, 2 Tbsp of maca powder gives you what you need, if you can stomach the stuff. Not recommended for smoothies (been there, done that), but some strong coffee helps cover the flavour if you make some sort of a coffee drink.

Note that another thing not mentioned in the article is that sterols and stanols have no effect whatsoever on a person with normal cholesterol levels.

Wish there were real food out there, aside from the vile maca root (which is only available in Canada in a rather highly processed form), that had medicinal quantities of these nutrients. Report
Apparently the previous posters missed part of the article...! Yes, they are in SOME veggies, fruits, nuts but in such low quantities that if you want to see a benefit, you must consume copious quantities of those items..... Its not Spark's fault that Mother Nature didn't increase the amounts naturally! LOL As for me, grateful for the info...and the chart listing:
Avocado, 1 small 0.13 g
Corn oil, 1 Tbsp 0.13 g
Sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup 0.19 g

Thank You!!
patti Report
So very disappointed in this article. So we are supposed to eat cookies, vegetable oil, tortilla chips? Wow! I've been trying to go "real food" for health so this article just blew my mind. Not sure I would turn to this site for health counseling. Tracking food, calories and nutrients and then tracking exercise on this site is fine but WOW on this article. This unfortunately is not the only article I have had this kind of reaction to though. Report
I know I am preaching to the choir here, but don't you think this article oversimplifies the role of cholesterol in our body. And isn't it usually true that the food that screams health claims all over the box is usually the very food you should leave right there on the grocery aisle shelf. Real Whole Foods always reign supreme, you don't need a BS in Nutrition to know that. Report
It's obvious the way to get these nutrients naturally is to eat more fruits and vegetables. Haven't we learned anything from the problems cause by removing nutrients and then enriching our foods with the basic 8? While the studies have been going on for 50 years, I doubt the WHOLE picture has been studied, looking how one food has balanced ingredients to make it a complete healthy food. As long as we continue to try to make our cake out of fake ingredients, and then how to eat it and supplement with fake supplements to try to make it okay to do all of that, our health is going to suffer. WHOLE, UNADULTERATED FOOD!! Report
I'm with all of you. Tell me how to get this from natural foods. I thought the whole point of this website is to help us find the best and most natural ways to health, fitness, and weight loss. Please follow up with an article that tells us where to get this in real food. Thanks. Report
Come on wake up people, and smell fresh food. The more we eat heal balanced and natural food, less we have to worry about all these stuff. Main problem anywhere is portion. Once that got take care of, other problems will be slowly rest in peace.also don't forget 8 glasses of water everyday. Report

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