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What Are Phytosterols?

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 πŸ——)

Stanols are hydrogenated products of sterols.

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

Phytosterols In The Body

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

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

Phytosterols In Food

Phytosterols are found in all plant foods, but the major source of phytosterols is vegetable oil.(source πŸ——)

If you are interested in a list of foods where you can find this nutrient. Go to our nutrition tool and check out phytosterols.

Examples Of Phytosterols

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