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Natural cholesterol therapy.

I keep seeing packages of foods fortified with plant sterols. Do they really lower cholesterol?

Susan Sullivan, email

Plant sterols-found naturally in nuts, grains, vegetables, and fruits, and added to a growing number of foods-lower cholesterol by blocking it from moving out of the digestive tract into the bloodstream. While long-term data aren't yet available to confirm these foods promote heart health, I encourage my patients to consume them as part of a healthy diet. You can find sterol-fortified foods at many grocery stores by looking for the CoroWise logo on labels of pasta, margarine, orange juice, granola bars, and other foods.

For more about sterols, go to plant-sterols.

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Title Annotation:ASK DR. ZIPES
Author:Zipes, Douglas
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2013
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