What is the recommended daily intake of Benecol® Spreads?
Each serving of Benecol® Spread contains 0.5 grams of plant stanol (0.85 grams of plant stanol ester). The FDA states that a daily total intake of 2 grams from phytosterol-containing foods, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Do I need to write a prescription for Benecol® Spreads?
No. Benecol® Spreads are not drugs. They may be found in your local grocery store.
Do Benecol® Spreads need FDA approval or review?
The FDA has authorized use of a health claim stating that "Foods containing 0.5 grams or more of plant stanol for a daily intake of at least 2 grams may reduce the risk of heart disease as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol." Each serving of Benecol® Spread contains 0.5 grams of plant stanols and can help you meet the recommended 2 grams of plant stanols per day.
Can Benecol® Spreads be incorporated into a low-fat diet?
Yes, Benecol® Spreads can be used in conjunction with a low-fat diet to provide additional cholesterol lowering benefits versus diet alone.
Can Benecol® Spreads be used with a statin for additional cholesterol reduction?
Across a large number of clinical studies, plant stanol use has been combined with statin medication and the majority of the studies has produced the same results: the cholesterol-lowering effect of plant stanol is additive to that of statins.
Are there any drug interactions with Benecol® Spreads?
There is no clinical evidence to indicate that Benecol® Spreads will interfere with any medications. In clinical studies using Benecol® Spreads, a number of subjects were using medications, but no drug interactions were reported. Additionally, no drug interactions have been reported in the medical literature.
Do Benecol® Spreads contain trans fatty acids?
The amount of trans fat contained in Benecol® Light and Regular Spread is 0.5 grams per one tablespoon serving.
Is there any evidence that Benecol® spreads promote healthy cholesterol levels?
Over 70 published clinical studies have proven the benefits of consuming plant stanols for reducing total and LDL cholesterol levels.
Have the effects of Benecol® Spreads on a vegetarian diet been studied?
Clinical trials exclusively with vegetarians have not been conducted. However, a clinical study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1999; 69:403-10, demonstrated that additional cholesterol lowering could be achieved when a plant stanol ester spread is added to a low saturated fat, low cholesterol diet.
Can I recommend Benecol® Spreads to patients on a kosher diet?
Benecol® Spreads are certified kosher. They bear the Circle U P (Parve) symbol. They are not certified kosher for Passover.