If your doctor has told you you have high cholesterol and you can lower it by changing your diet, there’s no need to buy special products to lower your cholesterol.
These products are not recommended by doctors and they’re no substitute for a healthy, balanced diet.
There are foods specially designed to lower your cholesterol, such as certain dairy spreads and yoghurts containing added ingredients called plant sterols and stanols. There is some evidence these ingredients may help reduce the cholesterol in your blood, but there is no evidence they also reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
These products are designed for people who already have high cholesterol, but it’s not essential to eat plant sterols or stanols to help manage your cholesterol. There may be other, simpler and less expensive changes you can make, such as eating a healthy, balanced diet and being more physically active.
There are some groups of people these products are not suitable for, including children and pregnant or breastfeeding women. If you do eat foods designed to lower your cholesterol, read the label carefully. These foods need to be eaten every day and in the right amount, as having too much could be harmful.