sterol margarine.txt
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 dont 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 
weight. 

March 1, 2006