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Unilever Debuts Margarine Made With Cholesterol-Lowering Plant Sterols

June 1, 2010: 05:35 PM EST
Unilever Canada has launched a reduced-calorie margarine made with plant sterols that have a cholesterol-lowering effect. According to the company, plant sterols, which occur naturally in vegetable oils, nuts, grain products, fruits and vegetables, lower cholesterol by partly blocking its absorption in the intestines. “More than 180 clinical studies have proven that the plant sterol ingredient in Becel pro.activ significantly lowers cholesterol,” the company says, “up to 15 per cent starting within three weeks when combined with a move to a healthy diet.” A Unilver scientist says that the two grams of plant sterols provided in five teaspoons of Becel pro.active are equivalent to the amount found in 425 tomatoes or 70 slices of whole grain bread. The new margarine is available in Canada.
"Becel Launches First Food Fortified with Plant Sterols in Canada", Canada News Wire, June 01, 2010, © CNW Group Ltd.
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