Whole food sources of phytosterols, such as seeds and nuts, are likely superior to supplements or phytosterol-fortified spreads and beverages.
Nut consumption does not appear to lead to the expected weight gain.
This closes out a five-part video series on the cholesterol-lowering effects of nuts and seeds. See How Fiber Lowers Cholesterol for an explanation of the "trash-picker analogy," then How Phytosterols Lower Cholesterol and yesterday's video-of-the-day Optimal Phytosterol Dose. I elaborate on the "package deal" concept in Risk Associated With Iron Supplements, Safest Source of B12, Plant Protein Preferable, and Food Is a Package Deal. A few videos (there are more than 50) on why fish are not the best choices for omega 3's include Nerves of Mercury, The Effect of Canned Tuna on Future Wages, andDioxins in the Food Supply. Don't nuts make you fat, though? That's the topic of tomorrow's video-of-the-day Nuts and Obesity: The Weight of Evidence. If you haven't yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here.
For more context, check out my associated blog post, Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk.