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Phytosterols

Alternate Names

Phytostanols, Plantsterols, Plantstanols, Stanolesters, Beta-sitosterol, Campesterol

Description

Phytosterols are naturally found in plants (corn, palm, soy, sunflower, peanut, cottonseed oils). They are used as an additive that may reduce 'bad' LDL cholesterol absorption from food.

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Names

Phytostanols, Plantsterols, Plantstanols, Stanolesters, Beta-sitosterol, Campesterol

Allergy Information

Uses

Nutrient

Additional Information



Found In

Yogurt, milk, sausage, cold cuts, bakery products, spicy sauces, margarine, butter spreads, some juice, salad dressing.

Possible Health Effects

Despite being found to decrease the absorption of LDL cholesterol, there has been no corresponding positive effect on heart disease.

Allergy Information

Soy, May be Genetically Engineered or Modified, Corn

Researcher Comments

I gave this ingredient an A because of the potential lowering of cholesterol absorption from food that it is an ingredient in. However, it is important to know that phytosterols are derived from items that are commonly genetically engineered (corn, palm, soy).

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