Contents

15.1 Introduction

15.2 What Are Plant Sterols and Stanols?

15.3 Cholesterol Metabolism

15.3.1 Exogenous Route

15.3.2 Endogenous Route

15.4 Lipoproteins and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

15.4.1 LDL Cholesterol

15.4.2 HDL Cholesterol

15.5 Plant Sterols and Stanols and Their Effects on Cholesterol Metabolism

15.5.1 Effects of Plant Sterols and Stanols on Serum Lipid and Lipoprotein Concentrations

15.5.2 Effects of Plant Sterols and Stanols on Development of Atherosclerosis

15.5.3 Mechanism of Action

15.5.4 Metabolism of Plant Sterols and Stanols

15.5.5 Sitosterolemia

15.5.6 Side Effects

15.6 Conclusion References

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