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35 Heart-Healthy Superfoods

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.

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Plant Sterol/Stanol Margarine

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%.

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