Phytosterols are structurally related to cholesterol, but they are metabolized differently. The most common phytosterols in nature are beta-sitosterol.
Consumers with high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol in their blood are at risk for many cardiovascular health problems particularly in relation to their heart. Healthcare professionals suggest lifestyle changes including a healthy diet that is lower in saturated and trans fats and a daily exercise regimen. Additionally, dietary intake of phytosterols (plant sterols) can make a significant contribution to heart health by helping to lower blood cholesterol levels.
The benefit of phytosterols is well known and the scientific evidence is strong. Confirmed in more than 200 human intervention studies, with a daily intake of 2 grams of phytosterols, “bad” (LDL) cholesterol levels can be reduced by an average of 9%.
Our phytosterols are easy to formulate, and provide food manufacturers potential access to a cardiovascular health claim.
Ready-to-use solutions, developed by DuPont Nutrition & Health application specialists, are available for a number of key applications, including dietary supplements, fats, oils, dairy and bakery products.
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