How can I include Phytosterols in my diet?
Phytosterols are naturally present in small quantities in vegetable oil, nuts, legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. However, the average intake of these substances is less than 500 milligrams (mg) a day, which falls short of the amount needed to lower cholesterol. That’s why many manufacturers fortify foods with phytosterols.
The chart below lists common foods or dietary supplements fortified with sterols or stanol esters. The far right column lists the amount contained in a single serving. To optimize their effectiveness, the following must be consumed two to three times daily before or with meals or snacks (please carefully read the instructions on the package).
|Product Name||Serving Size||Calories Per Serving||Grams of Total Fat Per Serving||Grams of Saturated Fat Per Serving||Grams of Plant Sterol or Stanol Per Serving|
|Benecol® spread||1 Tbsp||70||8||1||0.5|
|Benecol® Light spread||1 Tbsp||50||5||0.5||0.5|
|Benecol® Smart Chews||2 chews||35||1||N/A||0.8|
|Cardio Juice||6 oz||60||0||0||0.5|
|Centrum SpecialistHeart dietary supplement||2 Tablets||N/A||N/A||N/A||0.8|
|Corazonas Chips||1 oz||140||7||0.5||0.4|
|Corazonas OatmealSquares||1 square||180-200||4.5-9||0.5-2||0.5|
|Bluebonnet:Plant Sterols||1 pill||0||0||0||0.5|
|Giant EagleFat Free milk||1 cup(8 oz)||80||0||0||0.4|
|Heart Goodness®Egg Product||1/4 cup||30||0||0||0.5|
|Lifetime® Low FatBlock Cheese||1 oz||47||1.68||0.5||0.65|
|Minute Maid®Heart Wise Orange Juice||1 cup(8 oz)||110||0||0||1 .0|
|Nature MadeCholestOff®(Original, Complete & Cholestoff Plus)||2 tablets||N/A||N/A||N/A||0.6|
|Natrol Cholesterol Balance® Beta-Sitosterol dietary supplement||2 tablets||N/A||N/A||N/A||0.6|
|Promise Activ TMspread||1 Tbsp||70||8||1||1.0|
|Promise Activ TMLight spread||1 Tbsp||45||5||1||1.0|
|Smart Balance®Heart RightFat Free Milk||1 cup(8 oz)||90||0||0||0.4|
|Smart Balance®Heart RightButtery Spread||1 Tbsp||80||8||2.5||1.7|
|Smart Balance®Heart Right LightButtery Spread||1 Tbsp||50||5||1.0||1.7|
|VitaMuffin VitaTopsTMDark ChocolatePomegranate||1, 2-ounce muffin top||100||1.5||0.5||0.4|
|VitaBrownieTMDark ChocolatePomegranate||1, 2-ounce brownie||100||1.5||0.5||0.4|
|Vitafusion Platinum 50+ Multivitamins||2 gummies||15||0||0||0.4|
NOTE: Product information came from manufacturers’ published data, as well as the website corowise.com. Cleveland Clinic does not endorse any of the products listed above. This educational material does not provide a complete listing of all available products containing recommended levels of nutrients/supplements discussed on this page. The products mentioned on this page were available at the time of the publication.