Plant sterols are compounds found in plant foods that when consumed as part of the human diet, can help lower blood cholesterol levels.
Previously, added plant sterols in our food supply were limited to margarines, butter spreads and salad dressings – a useful way to get the health producing properties for sure, but often with the costly addition of added fat grams and calories.
Now, a line of packaged snack foods from Corazonas offers a more enticing way to get your plant sterols. Corazonas makes plant sterol containing potato chips, tortilla chips and oatmeal squares.
I sampled the Black Bean and Cheese tortilla chips – compliments of samples provided by Corazonas. The chips were tangy and tasty, with the 140 calories and 7 grams of fat you would expect from a one ounce (14 chip) tortilla chip serving. What sets these chips apart however, are the 3 grams of dietary fiber (from whole grain corn flour and acacia gum) and 0.4 g of plant sterols per serving.
Regarding plant sterol package labeling, the FDA allows for the health claim, “Foods containing at least 0.65 gram per of vegetable oil sterol esters, eaten twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of least 1.3 grams, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
While these chips and similar products certainly don’t take the place of other heart-healthy components of a well-balanced diet, they do represent a unique approach to adding more plant sterols in your diet. If you’re going to eat chips, they might as well be doing something for you!
And, as Corazonas puts it – loud and proud on the front of their packages – plant sterols certainly are, “Proven to help lower cholesterol”. Check out Corazonas’ online store finder to learn where you can buy these snacks in your area, or purchase directly from their online store.