Finnish study supports sterols’ safety

The consumption of nonesterified plant sterol-enriched food is safe, suggests a new study from Finland that adds to a growing body of evidence supporting the ingredients. «Fifteen-week consumption of natural non-esterified plant sterol-enriched food does not cause any serious adverse effects during such a period,» wrote the researchers, led by Professor Matti Tikkanen from Helsinki University Central Hospital. Numerous clinical trials carried out in controlled settings led researchers to report that daily consumption of 1.5 to 3 grams of phytosterols/-stanols can reduce total cholesterol levels by eight to 17 per cent, representing a significant reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, some concerns have been raised by certain EU Member States regarding over consumption of phytosterols/-stanols. The new study appears to show that such concerns may be unfounded.
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