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Rebecca S. Reeves, DrPH, RD

Rebecca S. Reeves, DrPH, RD, is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas School of Public Health and a nutrition and lifestyle consultant specializing in weight management. She lives in Fredericksburg, Texas.

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Are Plant Sterols Important to My Diet?

March 16, 2012

If you or your clients are concerned about lowering your blood cholesterol levels, you probably need to know more about plant sterols, also known as phytosterols. Plant sterols occur naturally in a host of foods—primarily soybean oil, nuts, seeds, legumes and some fruits and vegetables. Because plant sterols are chemically similar to cholesterol, the human body tends to absorb them and pass cholesterol out of the body as waste. The net result is that consuming foods rich in plant sterols can reduce the body’s blood cholesterol levels.

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