What Are Plant Sterols?

Plant sterols, also known as phytosterols, are plant-based micro-nutrients naturally present in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals, legumes and vegetable oils.1 Clinical studies indicate that, when consumed as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, plant sterols can help reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the gut, which, in turn, can lower LDL blood cholesterol.2

 

How To Get More Plant Sterols In Your Diet?

Using cooking oil is an easy way to incorporate plant sterols into your diet. In fact, according to a recent survey, 81 percent of respondents say they use cooking oil at least once a week.3 But not all cooking oils are equal.

Corn oil contains the highest amount of naturally occurring plant sterols per serving compared to any other cooking oil. Corn oil contains four times as many plant sterols as olive oil, three times as many as vegetable(soybean) oil and 40 percent more than canola oil.4 Switching to corn oil whenever you use cooking oil is an easy way to add plant sterols to your diet.

1. USDA and USDHHS 2010
2. USDA and USDHHS 2010; FDA 2000, 2010; Wu et al. 2009; Demonty et al. 2008, Ellegard et al. 2008; Mensink et al. 2010 – Link
3. Research was conducted online using Synovate’s omnibus service, eNation. Each eNation wave conducts 1,000 U.S. consumer interviews (500 male, 500 female) that are geographically and demographically reflective of the U.S. adult population. 818 interviews were conducted among cooking oil users. Results for these 818 respondents have a confidence interval of +/- 3.4% at the 95% level. Interviewing occurred July 19-21, 2011.
4. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (2013)
*Based on analysis of corn oil and 2013 USDA comparison of other cooking oils: Corn oil has plant sterols content of 135.6 mg/serving vs. 30.0 mg/serving for Olive Oil, 40.8 mg/serving for Vegetable Oil, and 93.9 mg/serving for Canola Oil.