Start your day with Plant Stanols

Singaporeans love food. But have you given a thought to what you put on your table? Many comfort foods we find irresistible such as Laksa, Nasi Lemak and Roti Prata, are in fact rich in bad fats. Prolonged overindulgence in these foods can increase bad cholesterol levels, thus increasing our risk of cardiovascular disease.

Put heart into your meals and manage your cholesterol levels with a heart-healthy diet. Limit intake of foods high in bad fats, salt and sugar, and incorporate foods rich in good fats and fibre, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, whole-grains, lean meats, nuts like walnuts and almonds, and Omega-3 rich fatty fish like salmon.

Singaporeans not only love food. We love a good deal. For the best of both worlds, you may also supplement your diet with functional foods. Functional foods do much more than meet your dietary needs. They are known to provide additional benefits, such as lowering cholesterol levels.

Plant stanols, a component found in some functional foods, can inhibit cholesterol absorption in our bodies which in turn help lower cholesterol levels. They are naturally present in small quantities in plant sources such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and more. However, for plant stanols to truly make a difference to our cholesterol levels, we have to consume these foods in large quantities daily. Clinical studies have shown that consuming at least 2g – 3g of plant stanols daily as part of a healthy balanced diet can help lower cholesterol.

As there are only small quantities of plant stanols found in foods, try adding foods or drinks fortified with plant stanols into your diet. For example, finish off your breakfast with a drink fortified with plant stanols. How’s that for a great start to the day!

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