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Spices and Cholesterol

Spices to Flavor the Healthy Way

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Updated March 21, 2011

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Butter, sugar, and salt aren't the only way to add taste to your food. Herbs and spices can be used to flavor food without fat or calories. As an added bonus, herbs and spices contain healthy phytosterol plant nutrients , which may help lower cholesterol.

Ground Cloves 256.00 mg of Phytosterols in 3.5 oz.

Tip: Use in Indian Food dishes, Masala Chai Tea, Vietnamese Pho broth, and baked goods such as apple pie.

Ground Sage 244.00 mg of Phytosterols in 3.5 oz.

Tip: Use sage in muffin recipes, chicken, pork chops, potatoes, and pasta recipes.

Dried Oregano 203.00 mg of Phytosterols in 3.5 oz.

Tip: Use oregano in Mexican and Italian dishes, baked or grilled poultry or lamb.

Paprika 175.00 mg of Phytosterols in 3.5 oz

Tip: Use to flavor poultry, chili, french fries or sweet potato fries.

Dried Thyme 163.00 mg of Phytosterols in 3.5 oz

Tip: Try thyme in whole wheat bread rolls or muffins, pork, or rice recipes.

Ground Mustard Seed 118.00 mg of Phytosterols in 3.5 oz.

Tip: Use in meat dishes such as meat loaf, dressings, marinades, and chutneys.

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Sources:

Food Sources of Phytosterols- Top 200 Food Sources of Phytosterols Accessed 1/30/11

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