Should I use the special margarines to lower cholesterol?
Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
Researchers at McGill University in Canada report that eating plant
sterols and exercising lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, body fat
and weight, but you don’t have to eat special plant sterol margarine.
You can get plenty of plant sterols in nuts, seeds, vegetables and
beans. In this study, middle-aged men ate margarine containing
sterols four times a day and used stair-stepping machines and
stationary bicycles three times a week for eight weeks (American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition, December 2005). Down went the total
cholesterol, bad low-density cholesterol, and triglycerides and up
went the good HDL cholesterol. Fifty percent of deaths in North
America are caused by heart attacks and strokes. Most people can
prevent these catastrophes by exercising, eating lots of plants
(fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and other seeds), avoiding
smoking and smokers, staying monogamous and maintaining a healthful
March 1, 2006