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Cholesterol lowering margarine launched in United Kingdom

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 10 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:960
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. BMJ

    The first margarine spread capable of reducing cholesterol concentrations was launched in the United Kingdom last week, giving a new twist to the concept of healthy eating. The margarine spread—Benecol—contains stanol esters derived from wood pulp, which reduce the amount of cholesterol absorbed by the gastro-intestinal system.

    A year long study carried out in Finland has shown that the spread can reduce concentrations of total cholesterol by up to 10%and of low density lipoprotein cholesterol by up to 14%if eaten as part of a low fat, low …

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