The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that plant
stanols and sterols can more powerfully reduce cholesterol reduction
after assessing fresh data.
EFSA found sterol-stanol consumption of 1.5-3g per day for 2-3 weeks could lower LDL cholesterol by 11.3 or 11.4% respectively and therefore reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. «The positive opinion by EFSA’s panel of experts for an extension to the original (claim) is a very important first step in the authorization procedure by the EU institutions». Existing claims are in the range of 1.5-2.4 g of plant sterols/stanols being, «clinically proven to lower LDL cholesterol by 7-10%. The claims are relevant for margarine-type spreads, mayonnaise, salad dressings, and dairy products such as milk, yoghurts including low-fat yoghurts, and cheese.