Go ahead -- slather on the spread. Bring on the salad dressing. Your heart is OK. That's the message implied by a recent crop of products fortified with substances known as plant sterols or stanol esters. These naturally occurring components of plant cell membranes have cholesterol-lowering potential, and manufacturers are infusing any and all compatible products with them. Since 2000, when the Food and Drug Administration permitted food makers to claim a link between plant sterols/stanol ...

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