Cholesterol-lowering cheese

Believe it or not, Kraft introduces cheese products that can actually help lower cholesterol levels.
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01.Kraft liveactive cheese

If you suffer from high cholesterol levels, you may be interested in foods with added plant sterols, which have been shown to help reduce blood cholesterol levels by up to 10%. Such products can work with cholesterol-lowering drugs such as statins but are not meant to replace your medication. 

To date, most of these products are spreads like margarine. However, consuming enough spread to give you the recommended daily amount of plant sterol adds excess fat and kilojoules to the diet, which some may prefer to avoid if they’re cutting down on fats and trying to control weight. Another option is Pura/Dairy Farmers HeartActive cholesterol-lowering milk.

Kraft recently introduced two reduced-fat cheese products, which contain plant sterols: liveactive slices and cream cheese. Given that cheese is one of the main things people with high cholesterol cut down on, this could be a godsend to those who miss it – providing they like these processed-type cheeses. Apart from the sterols, you can also benefit from the protein and calcium content. They’re about twice as expensive as similar processed cheese products. 

Even though sterol-enriched products are effective at helping to control cholesterol levels, high blood cholesterol needs to be managed under medical supervision. Make sure you tell your doctor if you’re eating any products with added plant sterols. To reduce your overall risk of heart disease it’s still vital that you eat a healthy diet that’s low in saturated fat and high in fruit, vegetables and whole grains. You'll also benefit from quitting smoking and increasing daily activity.



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