Category Archives: Sterols

Apo E4 and sterols: Lethal combination?

Phytosterols, or just “sterols” to its friends and neighbors, are a group of cholesterol-like compounds that are abundant in the plant world. Lately, however, sterols have proliferated in the processed food supply, thanks to the observation that sterols reduce LDL … Continue reading

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Do “Heart Healthy” sterols cause heart disease?

The sterol question continues to pop up. Sterols are an ingredient widely added by food manufacturers that allows a “heart healthy” claim, since sterols have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (at least transiently). HOWEVER, sterols have also been implicated … Continue reading

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Sterols should be outlawed

While sterols occur naturally in small quantities in food (nuts, vegetables, oils), food manufacturers are adding them to processed foods in order to earn a “heart healthy” claim. The FDA approved a cholesterol-reducing indication for sterols , the American Heart … Continue reading

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Are sterols the new trans fat?

By now, I’m sure you’re well-acquainted with the hydrogenated, trans fat issue. Hydrogenation of polyunsaturated oils was a popular practice (and still is) since the 1960s, as food manufacturers sought a substitute for saturated fat. Bubbling high-pressure hydrogen through oils … Continue reading

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