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What Are Phytosterols & What Foods Can I Find It In?

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3D-model of Phytosterols (src)

Phytosterols are plant-derived sterols that are similar in structure and function to cholesterol.

Because phytosterols are structurally similar to the body's cholesterol, when they are consumed they compete with cholesterol for absorption in the digestive system.

Phytosterols Are Plant Sterols

Phytosterols are bioactive compounds found in foods of plant origin, which can be divided into plant sterols and plant stanols.(source )

Stanols are hydrogenated products of sterols.

Phytostanols are almost identical to phytosterols in structure, but are fully saturated.(source )

Phytosterols In The Body

Phytosterols are plant sterols structurally similar to cholesterol that act in the intestine to lower cholesterol absorption.(source )

All phytosterols in human blood and tissue are derived from the diet because, in contrast to cholesterol, humans cannot synthesize phytosterols. (source )

Examples Of Phytosterols

Foods You Can Find Phytosterols In

You find Phytosterols mostly in fats and oil, nut and seed, snack, and spices and herb products.

Examples of food sources include

  • Rice Bran Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Whole Sesame Seeds
  • Wheat Germ Oil
  • Sunflower Seed Kernels
  • Safflower Oil
  • Margarine

Foods That Contain Phytosterols In Our Nutrition Tool

You can find regularly updated top ranked lists of foods for over 200+ nutrients in our nutrition tool.

If you are interested in what foods contain the most Phytosterols we recommend you visit our tool.

Here's our top ranked list of foods that contain Phytosterols.

Sara Niemelä

co-founder Care Omnia, Head Content Creator


I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family.

Nutrition is my passion. I've spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies.