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Ten Ways to Add Phytosterols to Your Cholesterol-Lowering Diet


Updated April 19, 2012

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Wondering about phytosterols and cholesterol? Although still an area where more research is needed, phytosterols do appear to lower LDL, or "bad" cholesterol.

Phytosterols are a kind of phytochemical most often found in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and monounsaturated oils such as those listed below. So why not add something new to your cholesterol-lowering diet?

Wheat Germ Add nutrients to your a.m. with this Wheat Germ Energy Breakfast Bar.

Sesame seeds in Tahini Paste liven up a vegetable tray, or pita bread triangles for your party appetizers.

Corn oil or olive oil makes for a quick Easy Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing.

Canola oil replaces butter in this delicious Low-Fat Blueberry Muffin.

Pistachios add crunch and flavor to this tasty Pistachio Mint Salmon Topping.

Almonds Wake up the healthy way with Cranberry Almond Oatmeal.

Peanut Butter Chicken Satay With Peanut Butter is a fantastic appetizer for your party or family dinner. (Remember to use heart-healthy natural peanut butter to avoid hydrogenated oils).

Brussels Sprouts Try Cider Glazed Brussels Sprouts to add an unexpected tangy taste to your sprouts.

Ground Flaxseed The possibilities are endless -- from breakfasts to desserts, flax is a versatile add-on to heart healthy meals. 5 Ways to Use Flax

Cauliflower A lower-fat alternative to cream soups, this Cauliflower Soup is a surefire crowd-pleaser.

Why stop with the foods suggested? How many more superfoods do you have room for in your new healthy eating plan?

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