|Butter's bad for you, but the alternative--margarine--also can make your arteries a clogged mess. The solution? Switch your spread.
Instead of using either butter or margarine, try one of the new spreads that
contain cholesterol-lowering ingredients called plant stanol esters. You should
be able to find a few different brands of these bread spreads at your local grocery
store. Research has shown that these new spreads can lower your cholesterol as much as 14% with regular use. To see an improvement that impressive, however, you'll need to include the spread in your diet three times per day.
In general, it is recommended that you consume no more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol per day. However, for most people, consumption of fat influences levels of cholesterol in the blood far more than consumption of cholesterol itself. Only by measuring blood levels before and after restricting dietary cholesterol do you know your responsiveness to dietary restriction of cholesterol. People who show a particular sensitivity to dietary cholesterol should eat even less than 300 milligrams daily to retard or reverse arterial aging
AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO LOWER IT