Scientific evidence that supports the addition of Phytosterols to selected foods and associated health claim

Health Canada’s scientists made available in the scientific literature their rationale for recommending the addition of phytosterols in selected food commodities, as well as the associated health claim related to cholesterol reduction, when certain conditions are met.

The evidence is made available in the following publication of the International Food Risk Analysis Journal and details how the evidence was assessed and deemed acceptable.

Details related to the regulatory authorizations for the addition of plant sterols to foods available for sale in Canada and the conditions of use of the substantiated claims are available on Health Canada’s Website.