Consuming functional foods containing plant sterols may an economically attractive means of lowering cholesterol, improving quality of life, and reducing cardiovascular events in elderly adults, a new reports argues.
For ingredients with a solid body of scientific substantiation for their cholesterol management claims, plant sterols perhaps do not get the attention they deserve from consumers and healthcare practitioners. BASF is seeking to change the conversation...
Cargill and FDA have jointly announced a new validated method for measuring the levels of plant sterols and stanols in foods and dietary supplements. The method, developed over a number of years, is simpler, more accurate and less prone to error, experts...
“It is one of our goals to work more in the major regulatory decision-making centres."
Six players – Danone, Raisio, Unilever, Cargill, BASF and Arboris – have formed a group to propel cholesterol-lowering plant stanols and sterols science into the media and policy spotlights to raise awareness of the multi-billion global euro category.
A combination of low dose omega-3s and plant sterols can effectively reduce both cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with elevated cholesterol levels, says a new study that should allay fears over omega-3s negating the effects of sterols.
France’s food safety agency (ANSES) has put itself at scientific odds with the EU’s central food science authority by concluding data is lacking to back plant sterols and stanols for cholesterol reduction.
Higher doses of plant stanols and sterols are equally effective at reducing cholesterol in susceptible individuals, a European Commission meeting has ruled despite stanols players claiming the scientific consensus shows their version is more efficacious.
Finnish plant stanol leader and Benecol brand owner Raisio says plant sterol users like rival Unilever (pro.activ) are piggybacking off stanol science in high-dose products and wants the EU to mount separate reviews of the cholesterol-busting nutrients.
Intakes of stanols in excess of the recommended 2 grams per day dose are associated with additional and dose-dependent reductions in LDL-cholesterol, according to a new meta-analysis of over 110 trials.
The influential UK-based consumer welfare advocate, Which?, has poured scorn on some functional foods, despite the fact 59 per cent of its highly sceptical members buy omega-3, probiotic and other functional foods.
NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week we look at a review of phytosterol science. Phytosterol-enriched margarines and other foods are spread thickly on supermarket shelves, and a new review says there is...
Cargill has joined forces with one of the country's largest grocery
stores to develop and launch a range of fat-free milk containing
branded Corowise plant sterols across the US - a range
that is claimed to be the first of its...
The UK's Advertising Standards Agency seems to be tightening its
grip on health claims, with Unilever reportedly told to change
adverts for Flora pro.activ to remove claims that it can help keep
blood vessels healthy as well...
An innovative technology that allows for the addition of both plant
sterols and minerals to foods has won the backing of leading US
food manufacturer General Mills, which has licensed the product for
use in a range of foods.
Many African HIV sufferers are benefiting from a combination of
plant sterols and sterolins, according to Professor Patrick Bouic,
chief immunologist at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South
Africa. Now he is hoping to win support...