Orange juice manufacturers are doing everything they can to make their health food more appealing—including fortifying their juice with plant-derived cholesterol-busting compounds known as phytosterols. A review of 84 scientific studies revealed that getting 2 grams of phytosterols a day—the amount in a couple of 8-ounce glasses of sterol-fortified OJ—could help lower harmful low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels by more than 8 percent. Check with your doctor first regarding whether citrus will interact with any of your medications. If it does, look for sterol-fortified margarine, milk, soymilk, cheese, or breads instead.
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