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Patients that can benefit from Benecol

Which patients can benefit from introducing Benecol products to their diets?

International guidelines consistently recommend the use of plant stanol ester, the functional ingredient in Benecol® foods, as part of the management of raised cholesterol. The 2019 joint European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS)/European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines define the three target groups for plant stanol ester use as:1

Individuals who have elevated serum cholesterol levels and are at low or intermediate global cardiovascular risk but who do not need cholesterol-lowering medication
High- and very high-risk patients, such as patients with diabetes, who fail to achieve low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) targets on statins alone, or are statin intolerant
Adults and children (from the age of 6 years) with familial hypercholesterolaemia

When helping your patients to manage their cholesterol, recommending they add Benecol foods or food supplements containing plant stanols to their diets can help them lower their LDL-C levels.2

To learn more about these patient types, watch Sarah, Bob and Minnie’s stories below


Meet Sarah, a 39-year-old sales manager. Sarah doesn’t smoke and she leads a moderately physically active lifestyle. At a recent health check, she found out that she had elevated blood LDL-C.

Watch Sarah's video


Meet Bob, a 46-year-old teacher. Bob was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and hypercholesterolaemia at a routine health check four years ago.

Watch Bob's video


Meet Minnie, a 7-year-old girl who likes to play football. Minnie was recently diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolaemia.

Watch Minnie's video

Learn more about which patient types the LDL-C lowering effect of plant stanol ester has been proven in

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Benecol® with added plant stanols: a range of ways to lower cholesterol every day

Benecol’s range of products means there’s an option to suit every taste. The range includes spreads, yogurts and yogurts drinks in a variety of flavours so that Benecol can be enjoyed in many different ways.

Benecol yogurt drinks

Having just one Benecol yogurt drink (containing 2 g plant stanols) per day with a meal can help reduce LDL-C levels in as little as 2–3 weeks.2 Benecol yogurt drinks come in a range of flavours, including dairy free and no added sugar options.

Benecol spreads

Benecol spreads can be used as a substitute for butter or other spreads. Benecol spreads come in a range of flavours and fat content, and some can be used in cooking. The recommended amount to consume is 2 g plant stanols a day, which is equivalent to 30 g of spread.

Benecol yogurts

Benecol 4-pack yogurts are a convenient way to add plant stanol ester to the diet. Each yogurt contains 2 g of plant stanols. Just one yogurt per day, as part of breakfast or after a meal, can help reduce cholesterol levels in as little as 2–3 weeks.2

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