Benecol spread stands out among butter substitutes with its bold claim: "Proven to reduce cholesterol."
This claim is not based on any actual testing of the Benecol product. Worse, Benecol spread contains trans fat. Calorie for calorie, no common nutrient is as bad for your cholesterol health as trans fat, which causes coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
For consumers worried about their cholesterol levels, Benecol is worse than just another unhealthy margarine spread. Itís a wolf in sheepís clothing, tricking people who are already in danger into raising their risk of cardiovascular disease even further.
For their false and misleading health claims, Benecol currently faces a class action lawsuit in California.
This website provides information on dangerous trans fats and the unhealthy truth about Benecol.
Trans fats hurt cholesterol health and cause several fatal diseases, and they are difficult to identify while shopping. Visit our Dangers of Trans Fat page for details.
Benecol claims to reduce cholesterol because it contains plant stanol ester, a type of plant sterol. Studies do show that plant stanol ester appears to have a healthy impact on cholesterol levels in limited circumstances, but Benecol contains more partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, a leading source of unhealthy trans fat, than it contains actual plant stanol ester. Visit our Trans Fat vs Plant Stanol Ester page for details.
In June 2011, a California consumer challenged Benecolís false and misleading health claims with a class action lawsuit. For more information and key court documents, visit our Benecol in Court page.
No one worried about his or her heart health or cholesterol levels should consume trans fat, and Benecol should not be dressing up its trans-fatty spread with false and misleading health claims.
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