These good-for-you foods can lower your cholesterol, blood pressure and heart disease risk. They can help you lose weight, too.
By Sally Kuzemchak, M.S., R.D.
Plant sterols and stanols are natural compounds that block LDL (bad) cholesterol from being absorbed. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, 2 grams of plant sterols and stanols a day (about 2 tablespoons of most sterol/stanol margarines—check the label) can slash LDL cholesterol by as much as 15%.