Are cholesterol-lowering spreads worth using?

By Jennifer Bowden In Nutrition

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17th March, 2012
Question: I don’t use butter or butter substitutes on my bread, but are the new spreads that claim to actively lower cholesterol absorption better than using nothing? Answer: Fortunately, we have many tasty alternatives to butter in the form of vegetable-oil-derived spreads. Among them is a small group, such as Flora pro-activ and Logicol, that contain plant sterols and come with claims that they lower blood-cholesterol levels. This sounds really positive, as high blood cholesterol levels are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. So, ...

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