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A Plant-based Diet to Cut Bad Cholesterol
In a feature from August 2011, U.S. News & World Report referenced a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association regarding plant sterols. The study involved individuals with very high LDL cholesterol levels and found that such individuals saw a decrease in their LDL levels of 13 percent on average after six months of adhering to a diet rich in plant sterols, soy protein, viscous fiber and nuts. The article also quotes the author of that study as suggesting that plant-based sterols alone can lower cholesterol levels by 5 percent.

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Plant Sterols: Power Nutrients for Your Cholesterol
According to an article published on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website in November 2011, individuals looking to lower LDL cholesterol levels can start doing so by consuming plant sterols in conjunction with a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Author Rebecca S. Reeves, DrPH, RD, FADA states that plant sterols block cholesterol absorption and can lower cholesterol numbers by as much as 10 percent.

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Plant sterols knock down LDL cholesterol: You Docs
In the fall of 2011 Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz wrote about plant sterols in butter spreads and recommended plant sterol spreads for lowering LDL cholesterol by as much as 14 percent. Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz noted that plant sterols are most efficient when consumed in small doses throughout the day.

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Mazola® and WomenHeart Have Partnered to Encourage Americans to Set a Healthier Table

Mazola has partnered with WomenHeart to encourage Americans to take an active role in their heart health and set a healthier table. The campaign focuses on cooking with healthy oils such as Mazola Corn Oil, which contains more cholesterol-blocking plant sterols than any other cooking oil – four times as many as olive oil and 40 percent more than canola oil.1 For each person who takes the pledge at, $1 will be donated to WomenHeart (up to $50,000).

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1. Based on 2010 USDA comparison of cooking oils: Corn Oil has plant sterols content of 131.6 mg/serving vs. 29.8 mg/serving for Olive Oil, 42.8 mg/serving for Soybean Oil, and 93.8 mg/serving for Canola Oil.