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Plant sterols are part of the dietary recommendations of many accredited international and national health organisations and authorities including The International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) / European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) guidelines.*

IAS lifestyle recommendations for the management of dyslipidaemia:

  • Reduce saturated fatty acids (to <7% of total energy), and trans fatty acids (to <1% of total energy)
  • Replace excess saturated fatty acids with monounsaturated/polyunsaturated fatty acids or complex carbohydrates
  • Consume fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Eat foods low in sodium and high in potassium
  • Reduce dietary cholesterol (to <200 mg/day)
  • Consume lots of fruit, vegetables and fibre
  • Processed meats and sugar-sweetened beverages, sweets, grain-based desserts and bakery foods should be limited
  • Limit alcohol to 2 servings per day for men and 1 serving per day for women
  • Consider adding plant sterols / stanols to lower LDL-cholesterol along with soluble fibre

To keep up to date with the latest guidelines on plant sterols visit our Training and Resources centre

National organisations advising on plant sterol use:

  • Joint British Societies' Guidelines (JBS3) 
    The proposals published in the JBS3 report are consensus recommendations, and are a collaborative effort from the British cardiovascular societies who deal with cardiovascular disease prevention. The report was written for GPs and practitioners to help guide their work with patients, in preventing Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
  • British Heart Foundation (BHF)
    The British Heart Foundation is the UK's number one heart charity
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