Let us lead you to lower cholesterol.
Meet Our Dietitian Team
As Dietitians, we know there is a lot of information out there to sift through. That's why we brought the best cholesterol-reducing tips here, all on one page for you. Join us as we map out the journey to lower cholesterol, the plant powered way.
Why Lainey & Sam Choose:
Plant Stanols for Reducing Cholesterol
Plant stanols are proven to reduce cholesterol for most people, and are supported by 70+ peer-reviewed clinical studies. So, the team at Benecol® put 2 grams of plant stanols into 4 tablespoons of buttery spreads, and 2 grams into 4 chocolate Soft Chews.
The result? Functional food products with plant stanols that tastes great and works like magic, without any known side effects. Benecol® Products are an easy way to get the recommended 2 grams of plant stanols per day, which has been shown to significantly reduce LDL and total cholesterol for most people.
Other Ways to Reduce Cholesterol
Foods high in soluble fiber:
Oats/oatmeal (add 1 tablespoon of flaxseed for extra soluble fiber)
Beans (black, kidney, pinto, chickpeas, all beans count!). BONUS: They're also high in protein.
Lentils and other legumes
Apples, oranges, pears
Fiber supplements like Metamucil and Psyllium - talk to your doctor before taking supplements of any kind
Foods high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats:
Olive oil, canola oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, walnut oil, avocado oil, flaxseed oil, sesame oil
Salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, herring, sardines
Nuts & seeds
Walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, pecans - choose unsalted nuts to reduce sodium
Chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
Eat saturated and trans fats in moderation:
Full-fat dairy products
Red meat (buy 90% or 93% lean)
Some biscuits, pastries, cakes, cookies, and muffins
White meat poultry (chicken, turkey)
White fish (cod, tilapia, haddock)
Beans & lentils
Low-fat dairy products
Tofu and other soy foods
Wait! Are egg yolks bad for you? Though eggs have been on the list of high cholesterol foods, recent research shows that up to 1 egg per day was not associated with higher risk of heart disease.
If you'd rather not eat egg yolks, try egg beaters or egg replacements.
It is most important that you watch your intake of saturated and trans fats.
Other healthy proteins:
Salmon, nuts, nut butters, and seeds - these foods are high in protein but are not considered "lean" because of their higher fat content (the good kind of fat - polyunsaturated and monounsaturated!)
Having Fun with Benecol®!
Our Benecol® Recipe Favorites
"Savory, healthy oatmeal! I like to mix 1 tablespoon of Benecol® into oatmeal and add fruits and mixed nuts - it adds a savory component that's different from the traditional oatmeal toppings."
"Any vegetable topped with melted Benecol®! Customized with fresh herbs and spices, of course!"