Product Type: Benecol Spread
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Tasty spread that claims to help to lower cholesterol
Benecol Light Spread
Member Name: simba57
Benecol Light Spread
Advantages: Claims to lower cholesterol
Disadvantages: Quite expensive
Benecol Light Spread offers a tasty and healthier alternative to butter or margerine. It also claims to be scientifically proven to lower your cholesterol as it contains plant stanols. Stanols works with your body to significantly reduce 'bad' cholesterol by partially blocking its entry into the bloodstream.
According to the literature, Benecol works alongside statin medication so may be a useful addition to any drug therapy you are taking. (Check with your doctor first).
High cholesterol had been in the news a lot lately and has been clearly identified as the bad guy as too much in the bloodstream can lead to heart disease.
2 - 3 servings of Benecol a day are recommended to lower your cholesterol. The Benecol range includes yogurts, drinks and smoothies so you can mix and match to get your 3 servings.
Benecol Light spread tastes great on rice cakes and crispbreads as well as bread and toast. There are other types of spread too including buttery taste and olive oil. Both of these can be used in baking.
We bought Benecol as we hope that, as part of a healthy diet, it may help to lower cholesterol for some members of our family. I am not medically trained so I will not dwell too much on Benecol's cholesterol lowering claims and will concentrate more on the overall taste and usefulness. However I do know that there are other risk factors that can lead to heart disease as well as high cholesterol.
Benecol can be bought in most supermarkets and is can be identified by the turquoise and green tub. I usually buy the 250g pot and it cost £2.49. It is high in monounsaturates and has no trans fatty acids or hydrogenated fats. It is not suitable for vegetarians.
The colour is paler than usual margarine but tastes quite good. It spreads easily straight from the fridge. It doesn't have the lovely rich buttery taste that you get from real butter but then again it isn't real butter! We use it on toast and sandwiches.
The tub states that it is suitable for spreading but not for freezing, baking and frying.
However I have used it to make fruit cakes. I use half Benecol Light and half Flora margarine and the results are very good. (Even if I say it myself). If you use all Benecol Light, the cake comes out far too crumbly.
I think Benecol Light is certainly worth trying if you are concerned about your cholesterol levels. It won't work though unless it is part of a heathy diet. It is expensive but if it gives the reduction it claims, it is well worth the money.
Summary: Worth a try if you need to lower your cholesterol level.
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