What is Benecol?
Benecol is a range of foods that contain a unique patented ingredient, Plant Stanol Ester, that is proven to lower cholesterol. Benecol is available in a variety of delicious products including yogurts, yogurt drinks and spreads. See the full range here.
The ingredient that makes Benecol work - Plant Stanols
Benecol® is the only range of foods that contain Plant Stanol Ester from which plant stanols are derived. Plant stanols are an amazing cholesterol-lowering ingredient found in corn, rye and other plants. The plant stanols in Benecol® foods work by partially blocking the uptake of cholesterol in the gut, so less gets absorbed into your blood stream. The body naturally produces cholesterol and cholesterol is also contained in the food we eat. Both these sources of cholesterol enter the bloodstream, and can be blocked by Benecol® foods.
The plant stanols in Benecol® foods lower cholesterol more effectively than a healthy diet alone. The ability of plant stanols to significantly lower cholesterol has been proven by over 60 independent scientific studies and authorised by the European Commission. There are 30 gold standard clinical trials which support the safety and effectiveness of plant stanols.
Benecol results – lower your cholesterol in as little as 2-3 weeks
Simply enjoying Benecol® foods every day, as part of your healthy diet can lower your cholesterol by up to 10% within 3 weeks* when 1.5 – 2.4g of plant stanols are consumed daily.
Why not get your cholesterol tested before you start enjoying Benecol® foods as part of your healthy diet? This way you’ll be able to see the fantastic cholesterol lowering results for yourself. Find out more about the cholesterol test and what is a healthy cholesterol level here.
Your cholesterol level will stay lower as long you continue to enjoy Benecol® foods every day.
Try switching from ordinary butter and spreads to having Benecol spreads on your toast or in sandwiches. It’s such a small change but it can really make a big difference.
Discover the delicious Benecol® foods and the everyday tasty meals you can make with them.
Your questions answered
“How do we know Benecol foods are proven to lower cholesterol?”
Plant stanols, the cholesterol lowering ingredient in all Benecol® foods, have been clinically proven to lower cholesterol in over 60 independent studies.¹
The European Commission has authorised the claim that: "Plant Stanol Esters have been shown to lower/reduce blood cholesterol.” Not only does this approval confirm that Plant Stanol Esters, which are unique to the Benecol range of foods, 'have been proven to lower cholesterol', it also acknowledges that 'high cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of heart disease'.
“How effective are the plant stanols in Benecol foods at reducing cholesterol?”
The plant stanols in Benecol® foods are clinically proven to lower cholesterol by up to 10% within 3 weeks*.
“How much do I need to eat each day?”
You need 1.5-2.4g of plant stanols per day to achieve optimal cholesterol lowering. You can easily get this by drinking one Benecol® yogurt drink, or by choosing 2-3 servings of any of the Benecol® spreads or yogurts.
¹ Miettinen T, Puska P, Gylling H, Vanhanen H, Vartiainen E. Reduction of serum cholesterol with sitostanol-ester margarine in a mildly hypercholesterolemic population. The New England Journal of Medicine. 1995; 333:1308-1312.