Does margarine lower total and LDL-cholesterol levels?

Updated: Jun 09, 2021
  • Author: Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Two margarines, Benecol and Take Control, block cholesterol absorption in the intestine and can lower total and LDL-cholesterol levels 10% and 13-15%, respectively. Benecol contains stanols, predominantly sitostanol and campestan; Take Control is made up of sterols, primarily beta-sitosterol and campesterol. Weight-loss benefits have not been demonstrated.


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