Benecol® Spreads contain a plant-based ingredient proven to lower cholesterol.

It’s called plant stanol and it’s found naturally in many fruits, vegetables and grains. 

However, most of these foods contain only trace amounts of stanols, which means you would have to consume massive amounts to have any effect on your cholesterol levels.

Like 12 pounds of broccoli, 29 pounds of carrots or 60 pounds of tomatoes every day to equal the amount of plant stanols in just two tablespoons of Benecol® spreads, Regular or Light.  

Eating just two tablespoons of delicious, buttery Benecol® each day can help you lower your cholesterol in as little as 2 weeks.

I’ve heard about sterols—are stanols the same thing?

They are close cousins and the difference is pretty minor.* All you need to know is that plant stanols and sterols are found naturally in all growing things, from peas to plums to potatoes. They share many of the same molecular characteristics as cholesterol, which allows them to partially block the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. 

*The body absorbs very little plant sterols, and even less of plant stanols.

How do they work?

Plant stanol esters reduce the absorption of cholesterol from the digestive tract, resulting in lower levels of total and LDL-cholesterol that travel into the bloodstream. 

Voila! Your cholesterol levels start falling faster than an apple from a tree. 

And Benecol® Spreads are the ONLY buttery spreads with plant stanols. 

Plant Stanols Are: 

  • Proven to reduce cholesterol
  • Can start to work in as little as 2 weeks
  • Derived from natural plant sources
  • Used with a heart-healthy diet for cholesterol lowering benefits
  • Can be used with statin medications for ADDITIONAL cholesterol lowering benefits

Did You Know?

The body naturally produces cholesterol and cholesterol is also contained in the foods we eat. Both of these sources of cholesterol are partially blocked from entering the bloodstream by the plant stanols found in Benecol®Benecol® is the only spread with plant stanols.