Benecol® Products 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 four tablespoons of Benecol® Buttery Spreads (Original or Light) or four chocolate Benecol® Soft Chews.
Eating the right amount of Benecol® Products 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 and Chews are the only products supplemented 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®.