Moo-ving to a Healthier Heart

Based on the Ministry of Health’s National Health Survey 2010, 1 in 2 Singaporean adults has borderline high to high blood cholesterol. Individuals with high blood cholesterol are at higher risk of conditions such as atherosclerosis, where plaques clog arteries and eventually cause life-threatening conditions such as heart attack and stroke.

Fortunately, you can lower blood cholesterol by making lifestyle changes like increasing your physical activity, quitting smoking, minimising alcohol consumption and having a healthy balanced diet (e.g. incorporating foods that may help lower cholesterol).

Plant sterols, also known as phytosterols, are plant compounds with a similar structure as cholesterol that may help interfere with cholesterol absorption and lower blood cholesterol levels when consumed as part of a healthy balanced diet.

Based on research, a daily intake of at least 2g of plant sterols can help to lower blood cholesterol. Although plant sterols are found naturally in foods such as whole-grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables, the quantity may be inadequate to provide benefits. Hence, you can consider foods fortified with plant sterols (e.g. milk, margarine, spreads, etc.) as a convenient source of plant sterols.

Start taking charge of your heart health by adding a glass of milk with plant sterols into your diet now!

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