Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Plants To Lower Cholesterol

We’ve all heard of the many vitamins and minerals contained in fruits and vegetables, but we’re only hearing about sterols and stanol esters (phytochemicals) as they are marketed in products said to lower cholesterol. One such product, called BENECOL® Spread, claims to have research that shows the product to actually lower cholesterol. This plant product is sold like margarine and contains various vegetable oils. Each tablespoon contains around 75 calories, and it can be used as a spread or in cooking. Benecol is a vegan product and if you are concerned with high cholesterol, research shows that it can indeed lower cholesterol.

Sterols and Stanol esters are naturally found in a variety of vegetables like:
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Legumes
  • Rye bread
  • Whole wheat (in the wheat bran and wheat germ)
  • Sunflower and sesame seeds
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Macadamia
  • Peanuts
  • Canola oil
  • Corn oil
  • Olive oil
You can read about Benecol at www.benecolusa.com 

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