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Healthy Heart Reports

Stanol Esters To Lower Cholesterol

On September 9, 2000, the Food and Drug Administration allowed Lipton and McNeil Consumer Healthcare Sellers to claim that plant stanol esters reduce risk for heart attacks.

Cholesterol is found in meat, chicken, fish, diary products and eggs. Plants do not contain cholesterol, they contain stanols. Having a high cholesterol increases your chances of developing a heart attack. Stanols taken from plants prevent a third of the cholesterol that you eat from being absorbed, so they help lower cholesterol by 10 to 20 percent to help prevent heart attacks. To be palatable, stanols have to be dissolved in fat, so they are sold in margarines or salad dressings. To lower cholesterol, you need at least two servings a day, which is so expensive that you could save a lot of money by eating a prudent diet of fruits, vegetables whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts and reduce your intake of cholesterol in meat, chicken, dairy products and eggs.

1) J Plat, ENM vanOnselen, MMA vanHeugten, RP Mensink. Effects on serum lipids, lipoproteins and fat soluble antioxidant concentrations of consumption frequency of margarines and shortenings enriched with plant stanol esters. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2000, Vol 54, Iss 9, pp 671-677.

2) MA Hallikainen, ES Sarkkinen, H Gylling, AT Erkkila, MIJ Uusitupa. Comparison of the effects of plant sterol eater and plant stanol ester-enriched margarines in lowering serum cholesterol concentrations in hypercholesterolaemic subjects on a low-fat diet. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2000, Vol 54, Iss 9, pp 715-725


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Dr. Mirkin's opinions and the references cited are for information only, and are not intended to diagnose or prescribe. For your specific diagnosis and treatment, consult your doctor or health care provider.

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