How Benecol Works

Plant Stanols

The ingredient that makes Benecol work - Plant Stanols

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.

Only Benecol® contains plant stanol ester which is derived from plant stanols and vegetable oils. Plant stanols have amazing cholesterol-lowering properties.

Plant stanols are found in nature in plants such as corn, rye, seeds - and even pine trees!

How do they work?

The Plant stanols in Benecol® foods work by partially blocking 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 blood stream and can be blocked by Benecol® foods.

Enjoying 1.5 to 2.4g of the plant stanols found in Benecol® foods daily is proven to lower cholesterol by 7-10% in just 3 weeks*.

Don't just take our word for it

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 70 independent scientific studies and are recommended by a number of institutions such as the British Heart Foundation and HEART UK - The Cholesterol Charity. There are 30 gold standard clinical trials which support the safety and effectiveness of plant stanols.

Gold Standard Clinical Trials

Independent Scientific Studies

Gold Standard Clinical Trials Independent Scientific Studies


Enjoy Benecol
little and often

Your cholesterol level will stay lower as long as 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.

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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 7 to 10% within 3 weeks* when 1.5g to 2.4g of plant stanols are consumed daily.

Discover the delicious Benecol® foods and the everyday tasty meals you can make with them.

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