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I have always bought Benecol Light but nI am now buying Flora as the new recipe is very difficult to spread on bread and toast. Also I dont like the texture or the taste. It has not changed for the better unfortunately.
Benecol Light Spread
The claim that Benecol products lower cholesterol we are confident it does work. The doctor worried about high cholesterol in the family and put one family member on a drug - statins - which has got a lot of people wondering about the side effects. My family member did start to suffer from some side effects after taking statins. Benecol products were worth trying out we decided, what had we got to lose. The high cholesterol levels came down, after using the spread and yoghurts constantly for a month, which convinced us.
The light spread also helps me in my weight control, because of the lower fat content. Although the light spread is not so rich as the buttery spread it is possible to mix it with other good ingredients. Try mixing in a good pinch of dried garlic (also suggested helps to reduce cholesterol) and spread on a warm roll, instant garlic bread.
I have subscribed to the Benecol newsletter/magazine "Healthy Times" The publication has recipes, puzzles and nutritional information.
I agree with another review it is usually more expensive that it's nearest competitor, I suggest that Benecol could put money off vouchers in their Healthy Times, if only to recognize their loyal customers. So come on Benecol how about it?
My DH was recently diagnosed with high cholesterol and although nothing too much to worry about I thought we should take action if at all possible. Therefore did my homework and along with all the nutritional changes I carried out I also stopped buying spreadable butter and started buying this product for him.
Firstly it is quite expensive approx £3.60 ish and even when on special offer it still is not in the same region as the butter products I was buying before.
This is a spread, like margarine so although supposed to taste like butter (there are different variances) it doesn't. It does not have the bad margarine taste however you can tell it is not butter but it is quite thick when it is spread on bread and it melts fairly easily on Jacket potatoes and toast etc. It adds a little bit of taste to something that is slightly lacking instead of the butter and the best thing is if you add a fair bit of the product you don't feel too bad as it is better for you than better and has the sterols in as well to hopefully help with the heart.
I do now use this as well as my DH as although originally I bought it for him and I stuck with the butter I thought it was a bit unfair so I changed to this as well. Now I can't tell the difference whenever I add it and so after two weeks I don't think most consumers would be able to tell, especially if you have come from buying margarine before. It is not a very useful product as it is recommended that it is only bought for spreading, no frying, baking etc however as long as you are aware of this it just means that you have to have a couple of other products in your fridge as well instead of the one you may usually have.
I'm unsure of this works or not, I appreciate that it states it is proven to reduce cholesterol and my DH's has gone down. But I don't know if it is just down to this or the other changes I have implemented as well.
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.
A while ago now my husband had a bit of a health scare and we discovered that his cholesterol was very high and he needed to reduce it. We took various measures to try and have a more healthy diet and lifestyle and one of the things that we did was to start buying some of the Benecol products that state that they are proven to reduce cholesterol.
The first thing that you soon realise when looking at these products is that they are so much more expensive than their less healthy equivalents. The Benecol Light spread 500 gram tub costs £3.46 at Sainsburys which is at least four times more expensive than the Sainsbury's Sunflower light spread that we also buy. However, I don't think that you can scrimp too much when your health is at stake but it does make me wonder why this product does cost so much.
Benecol Light Spread is described as a 35% low fat spread with added plant stanols. The spread looks and spreads just like many other spreads and I think it tastes very nice. It spreads very easily straight from the fridge and there could be an inclination to spread it a bit too thickly because of the taste, but then again, when you think how much you have paid you will want to spread it thinly in order to make it last as long as possible!
The spread is suitable for spreading but not for baking, frying or freezing. I am not bothered about the frying or freezing but I do think that it is a shame that I can't bake with it. On the plastic tub, which has the small round symbol to show that it is recyclable it states the various features about the spread. It says that it is high in monounsaturates, it has no hydrogenated fats and virtually no trans fatty acids. I didn't really know much about these but a little bit of research tells me that these things are all very good but I'm afraid that my non-scientific brain does not understand why! I did look on a kids' website that explained that monounsaturates are a chain of carbon atoms which has space for one more hydrogen atom (double bond). I was still none the wiser. However, wherever you try to find out information about reducing cholesterol, it seems to be the message that these are good..
The main ingredients are Water, Rapeseed Oil, Plant Stanol Ester (Plant Stanol 7%), Vegetable Oil, Gelatine, Salt. A 12 gram serving will contain 40 calories and 4.2 grams fat which is mainly made up of those healthier monounsaturates. This spread is suitable for anyone wanting to reduce their cholesterol but of course it should be eaten as part of a healthy diet. It also is not suitable for pregnant women and children under five.
My husband's cholesterol has certainly reduced significantly since the events that I told you about so I am sure that eating the Benecol products have contributed, but we did make many changes and he increased his exercise significantly. I'm sure that Benecol is one of the ways to a healthy heart, but is obviously not the only factor. I just wish that it wasn't so expensive!
I have a dreadful family history of heart disease. Of my first cousins 2 had heart bypasses by the time they were 50, and another has had several heart attacks. Both my grandfathers died young from strokes so it is a worry. I am sure I am not alone in this.
However, I am still of the opinion that we should all be enjoying life without becoming obsessed with not eating this or that, because in recent years we have been flooded with health advice which I actually think has made people even more of the opinion that it is time to let go and really enjoy food. My grandmother lived to 102 years old on a diet of butter and cheese and never spent a moment of those years worrying about her diet.
So where I am now as a nurse, and also as a person, is that we should try to meet half way with the concept of self preservation, but also with the essence of enjoying life without becoming obsessed with diet to the point of misery.
With this in mind but with the ever growing number of cases of heart disease in the United Kingdom is there anything we can do without really trying?
I believe there is in the form of a spread called Benecol.
You may not be aware that until recently Finland had the highest number of deaths from heart disease in Europe. These deaths were due in part to the diet which had a strong bias towards high fat dairy foods. This terrible situation was addressed by the Government who have now through a programme of heath education and the introduction of Benecol reduced the figures by 75%. It has been so successful that recently a team of experts from Merseyside have gone over to Finland to find out how they can import some of these successful protocols in their plans to help to reduce the death rate from heart disease in their area.
I must also say that heart disease is not just a question of high cholesterol. Indeed it is possible to have high cholesterol and be at low risk of heart disease. There are so many factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, family history and being diabetic which influence your chances as well as being a regular consumer of fry ups and donuts.
But with 2 out of 3 of us having higher than the ideal levels it may be prudent to take measures to help control it.
To do this you can reduce your levels by methods such as eating less saturated fats such as red meat, high fat cheeses, eggs, butter and so on, and to incorporate cholesterol lowering foods such as oats and Benecol.
Benecol is a product made from Plant Stenols and to understand what it is and how it works you need to understand a little about cholesterol.
Firstly it is a waxy substance which is found in the body. It arrives there in one of two ways, either by eating it or because it is produced in the liver. It is actually a very essential ingredient used in the production of hormones and to insulate nerves. However too much can be harmful.
There is a second twist in that there are two types- good and bad. This is determined as the cholesterol is carried around by lipoproteins of which there are two types HDL and LDL. Good cholesterol is called HDL and this mops up the excess like a little Hoover and takes it back to the liver to be broken down, and bad LDL which transports cholesterol from the liver to where it is needed but drops off the excess which then clogs up the arteries.
An ideal cholesterol measurement is less than 5 with a LDL of less than 3 and HDL of less than 1.5- you can get this checked at your GP surgery or in a pharmacy. If you do remember though that it has to be looked at with all your other risk factors- just because it is high does not mean you will be at risk this afternoon. For some knowing these numbers just worries them and so by eating Benecol anyway and doing all the right things you can at least lessen your chances whether or not you choose to go for screening. Just one point there are a small number of people who have a genetic disease which predisposes them to a very high level of cholesterol and these people will have to go on drug treatment for life. For the majority of us though we don't.
So what is Benecol and how does it work?
It is made from Plant Stanols which when eaten block bad cholesterol from entering the blood stream. Plant Stanols occur naturally in corn, wheat, rye and other plants such as pine trees. Benecol is made from Plant Stenols which are blended with rapeseed oils to create Plant Stenol Ester. This is then added to foods and it does not taste of anything too strongly so you shouldn't notice it!
If eaten for 3 weeks you should expect to see a drop in bad cholesterol of 14%. This review is about the margarine but they also make cheeses, milk, yogurt and yogurt drinks.
The margarine is quiet palatable and if you get into the habit of using it daily it makes a lot of difference.To get the benefit of the cholesterol lowering you need to eat three servings a day but you can mix and match the products. You can find the margarine in the chiller cabinet with all the other spreads and it usually has a blue package. It was £3.68 for 500 g when I checked today on My Supermarket.com in Ocado, Tesco and Sainsbury's but was £3.88 at Asda.
Benecol light is the one to buy if you are watching your weight as it has the fewest calories and it tastes very good. There is also a buttery one and one made from olives. You need to make sure you eat 12g per serving and then add in 2 portions of the yogurts or cream cheese to make the total. You can bake with all the spreads but not sadly with the light version. I actually bought the light spread by accident and discovered it isn't vegetarian as it contains gelatine so sadly couldn't make use of it myself but it is ideal for weight watchers. I did try it though before I read the small print so would say this is my criticism as why does a spread have to contain meat?
I actually buy these spreads regularly and enjoy the taste and find it has become a habit. I think as long as you also remember it is only part of the war against cholesterol then you can be relaxed about it
Also remember to reduce heart disease you need to
Watch your weight
Eats lots of fibre like oats and cereals
Take some exercise though not necessarily a gym,walking is fine.
Eats lots of fruit and vegetables
Get your blood pressure checked and ask for a diabetes check too.( if you don't fancy a GP visit you can do this yourself by buying Clinistix from the chemist and just testing your urine once a year for sugar. There shouldn't be any. Lots of people are diabetic and don't know it and this predisposes to heart disease. )
Eat less salt and sugar
Drink 2 lites of water daily.
Keep stress to a minimum and have lots of rest.
Eat oily fish if you are not vegetarian and nuts
Try to stop smoking.
So I hope you will try the spread -I like it but I do still have butter and cheese in my fridge- after all they are enjoyable and life is also for living.
Healthy alternative to butter or margarine.