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Cholesterol lowering margarine may not be useful in healthy fat modified diet

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 17 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:186
  1. Charles van Heyningen, Consultant chemical pathologist
  1. Clinical Laboratories, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool L9 7AL

    EDITOR—A new margarine spread that reduces intestinal absorption of cholesterol was launched in the United Kingdom in April.1 Benecol contains stanol esters derived from wood pulp. National press advertisements indicate that it reduces serum concentrations of low density lipoprotein cholesterol by an average of 14% when taken as three servings daily …

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