sterols are between the first obtaining approval of European Commission
for their health claim according to Regulation 1924/2006/EC. Food
products such as margarine type spreads, mayonnaise, salad dressings,
and dairy products such as milk, yoghurts and cheese with added plant
sterols could state on their label:
Plant sterols have been shown to lower blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease (CHD).
Consumers should be informed that the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake at least 2 g plant sterols.
Health claim authorization on plant sterols is based on over 80 randomized, controlled trials which have investigated the effect of plant sterols added to a wide range of food formats on blood concentrations of LDL-cholesterol. These studies have shown that the daily intakes greater than 2 g reduce cholesterol levels between 8% and 17%.
See Annex I “Permitted Health Claims” of Commission Regulation (EC) no 938/2009
Source: Vitae Caps