Benecol® is recommended and safe

Plant stanol ester has gone through extensive testing to prove its efficacy and safety. This has resulted in endorsements from many food safety authorities around the world including Europe, the US, Japan, China, Australia and Russia. Plant stanol ester has been awarded an Approved Health Claim, by the European Parliament and Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status in USA. In addition, Benecol® products have been on the market since 1995 with no reports of adverse effects.

Many national health organisations now recommend that consumers include 2 g of plant stanols per day in their diets for cholesterol reduction.

 

British Nutrition Foundation - The evidence for the cholesterol lowering effects of Plant Stanol Esters

 

Claims approved by national bodies

National Body

Year

US Food and Drug
Administration (FDA)

September 2000
& February 2003

Netherlands Nutrition Centre

May 2001

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Japan

February 2002

Swedish Nutrition Foundation

December 2006

 

International and national guidelines recommending the use of plant stanol ester for reducing LDL-cholesterol:

National Body

Year

American Diabetes Association

2016, 2013

American College of Cardiology

2016

European Atherosclerosis Society

2014-2016

National Lipid Association

2015

Joint British Societies

2014

International Atherosclerosis Society

2013

European Society of Cardiology 

2012

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute & National Institutes of Health & American Academy of Pediatrics

2011

European Society of Cardiology & European Atherosclerosis Society

2011

The Australian Heart Foundation

2009

American Academy of Pediatrics

2008

American Diabetes Association - with additional research

2008

American College of Cardiology Foundation

2008

Australian Heart Foundation

2007

American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology

2006

Joint British Societies

2005

International Atherosclerosis Society

2003

World Health Organization

2003

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

2003

International Lipid Information Bureau

2003

Joint European Societies

2003

European Union Scientific Committee on Foods

2002

National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP)

2002

National Cholesterol Education Programme Adult Treatment Panel III, USA

2002

Finnish Internal Medicine Society

1996