Plant sterol foods may provide doctors with a useful alternative to higher dose statins to reduce their patients' LDL cholesterol, according to a new study presented at EAS yesterday. Researchers compared the effects of the plant sterol-ester-enriched spread, Flora pro.activ, and statin medication on the LDL cholesterol of hypercholesterolaemic patients. Subjects consumed 25g per day of Flora pro.activ over a four-week trial period.