Cholestrol

List of Foods (Phytosterols) That Help Lower Serum Cholesterol


Phytosterols, also called plant sterols are a type of cholesterol compounds found in legumes, nuts and vegetable oils. The following article gives a l

ist of phytosterol foods that help lower serum cholesterol levels.

Phytosterols and cholesterol perform the same body function. But, when there is high cholesterol in blood serum, it leads to heat disease risks. Intake of diet rich in phytosterols help lower serum cholesterol.

Phytosterols help lower serum cholesterol levels by increasing the cholesterol excretion, interfering with the synthesis of cholesterol and by competing with acceptors sites of cholesterol.

Listed below are the phytosterol containing foods and the amounts of sterols present in them. The sterols are given in the terms of milligrams per 100 grams.

Legumes

  • Broad bean – 124
  • Kidney bean – 127
  • Pea – 135

Nuts

  • Walnut – 108
  • Pistachio – 108
  • Pecan – 108
  • Almond – 143
  • Cashew – 158

Fruits

  • Pear – 8
  • Peach – 10
  • Cherry – 12
  • Apple – 12
  • Banana – 16
  • Orange – 24

Vegetables

  • Yam – 10
  • Cabbage – 11
  • Carrot – 12
  • Onion – 15
  • Cauliflower – 18
  • Brussels sprouts – 24
  • Beet root – 25

Oils

  • Palm – 49
  • Coconut – 91
  • Olive – 176
  • Peanut – 206
  • Soybean – 221
  • Cottonseed – 327
  • Flax seed – 338
  • Wheat germ – 553
  • Corn – 952
  • Rice bran – 1055

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