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Benecol Smart Chews, Caramel Canister 120 ea

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Benecol Smart Chews, Caramel Canister, 120 ea
 
4.5

(based on 204 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (139)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Simple to take (179)
  • Effective (146)
  • Easy on stomach (82)
  • No side effects (69)
  • Easy to swallow (68)

Cons

  • Complicated to take (5)
  • Upsets stomach (4)
  • Bad flavor (3)
  • Doesn't work (3)
  • Too expensive (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (163)
  • Women (73)
  • Men (58)
  • Older people (48)
  • Supplement A meal (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Health conscious (131), First time user (54), Regular user (49), Medical professional (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worked Like a Charm!

I'm a VERY health conscious 53 yr old woman who eats a low fat, high fiber diet religiously. Imagine my surprise when I was told I had high cholesterol for the first time in...Read complete review

I'm a VERY health conscious 53 yr old woman who eats a low fat, high fiber diet religiously. Imagine my surprise when I was told I had high cholesterol for the first time in my life 4 months ago. I have several friends who take statins and experience side effects so I decided to try a different route first. I had used Benecol spread off and on but this time decided I would use it regularly and was also pleasantly surprised to find that Benecol now offered chews. I ordered a box and began to take 2 chews twice a day. I did this for 3 months and then had my cholesterol screened again. My total cholesterol dropped from 223 to 171 for a drop of 52 points and my LDL went down from 144 to 95 for a drop of 49 points. I am sold on this product! The chews are very convenient and I get a nice little after meal dessert to boot!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Same name, different product

[...] The canister looks almost identical to the prior version, but not quite. The product itself has obviously been reformulated, and that's why the poor rating. I would give the earlier...Read complete review

[...] The canister looks almost identical to the prior version, but not quite. The product itself has obviously been reformulated, and that's why the poor rating. I would give the earlier version 5 stars, but this is a completely different product and good results from the old product have no bearing on whether this new version works. I won't know for sure for quite some time, but it contains less phytostanols so it is hard to imagine that it could be as effective.The old chews were edible, but I'd never mistake them for candy. The new chews, on the other hand, taste good enough to make such a mistake.However, the old chews had 0.85g of plant stanol esters each, while the new chews have 0.7g each--a pretty significant reduction which obviates all prior experience with Benecol Smart Chews. (The usage instructions are essentially the same, though reworded to encourage 4 servings of ANY Benecol product daily vice just the chews.)I cannot recommend this new formulation since I have no results from using it and since it contains less of what I was buying it for.(All earlier reviews really should be deleted so the scoring can start fresh.)

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4.0

Recommended, for cholesterol problems

By Health Concious

from Austin, TX

describe yourself Health Conscious

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy on Stomach
  • Easy To Swallow
  • Tastes Good

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    Comments about Benecol Smart Chews, Caramel Canister, 120 ea:

    Product was recommended by my endocrinologist to help on cholesterol problems, contact your physician if you need it.

     
    5.0

    Wow!!

    By Gaby

    from Rockville MD

    describe yourself Health Conscious

    Pros

    • Easy on Stomach
    • Easy To Swallow
    • Effective
    • Simple To Take
    • Tastes Good

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Women

      Comments about Benecol Smart Chews, Caramel Canister, 120 ea:

      I have used these for 5 months and didn't know whether they would work or not. They are delicious. So i got my lab results back today, and my total cholesterol went from 285 down to 202. My LDL went from 198 to 117. This is a HUGE DROP in only 5 months. I am doing nothing differently. In fact i eat a "paleoish" diet of eggs, butter, full fat yogurt, and cheese. I didn't lose any weight (although i should have). These chews definitely did an outstanding job. I thought the results were a typo at first. I am so happy!!

       
      5.0

      Excellent Product

      By Stan

      from Scotia, NY

      describe yourself Health Conscious

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy on Stomach
      • Easy To Swallow
      • Effective
      • Simple To Take
      • Tastes Good

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        Comments about Benecol Smart Chews, Caramel Canister, 120 ea:

        Effective in reducing LDL

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome! Worth every penny.

        By FitGirl

        from Sarasota, Florida

        describe yourself Health Conscious

        Pros

        • Easy on Stomach
        • Easy To Swallow
        • Effective
        • Simple To Take
        • Tastes Good

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Men
          • Women

          Comments about Benecol Smart Chews, Caramel Canister, 120 ea:

          My total cholesterol 2 years ago was 223 and I was only 42 at the time. Since there is no way I will ever subject myself to a poisonous statin drug, I knew I had to do something. High cholesterol runs in my family...so I started taking these little gems. Just the chews alone took my cholesterol down to 203 within months. I then started altering my diet (no processed food, low sugar, low carb) and working out 4-5 times a week and it was at 179 as of this fall. I highly encourage these as an option for lowering cholesterol over pharmaceuticals BUT I also advocate for lifestyle changes...get moving and stop eating mindlessly. My father, who is 69 and very active and eats salads and fish every day had a recent level of 202 (curse our genes!) so I told him about these and he started eating them. Anxious to see his results when he tests his cholesterol again later this month!
          (I do not find them hard to open at all. Not sure what those comments are about!)

           
          5.0

          Great flavor

          By J

          from Mountainside NJ

          describe yourself Health Conscious, To Lower Ldl Particles

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy on Stomach
          • Easy To Swallow
          • Effective
          • Simple To Take
          • Tastes Good

          Cons

          • Pricey

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Plant Stanols Are Good

          Comments about Benecol Smart Chews, Caramel Canister, 120 ea:

          I take 2 chews/day. Of all the supplements available, this one is like eating a special treat each day. Yet it helps to lower cholesterol. Not a substitute for Rx's that do so, however this contains plant stanols that are recommended by lipidologist-cardiologists who understand the benefit.
          One negative is that the vendor who produces these seems to have trouble keeping up with demand. At times the product is "out of stock".

           
          5.0

          Great product.

          By Cindy retired.

          from Newbern, TN

          describe yourself Health Conscious

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy on Stomach
          • Effective
          • Simple To Take
          • Tastes Good

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Older People

            Comments about Benecol Smart Chews, Caramel Canister, 120 ea:

            I chew two with a meal (breakfast for me). Having my cholesterol checked before starting to use the products and 6 months later checking again it has helped to reduce my high cholesterol level. Because I can't swallow pills the chews are perfect for me and do taste good.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            REDUCED CHOLESTEROL

            By MR. LUCKY

            from BIGFORK MT

            describe yourself Health Conscious

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy on Stomach
            • Easy To Swallow
            • Effective
            • Simple To Take
            • Tastes Good

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Men
              • Supplement A Meal

              Comments about Benecol Smart Chews, Caramel Canister, 120 ea:

              IT WAS RECOMMENDED TO ME BY A NUTRITIONALIST TO HELP LOWER CHOLESTEROL. IN 6 WEEKS IT LOWERED MY READING BY 60 POINTS AND IMPROVED MY GOOD/BAD RATIO. I TAKE 4 TO 5 A DAY AND USE IT AS A SNACK OR MEAL SUPPLEMENT. EXCELLENT NATURAL PRODUCT.

               
              4.0

              Product great; marketing less so

              By Don Freeman

              from Denville, NJ

              describe yourself Health Conscious

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy on Stomach
              • Effective

              Cons

              • Complicated To Take

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

              Comments about Benecol Smart Chews, Caramel Canister, 120 ea:

              Benecol does indeed seem to reduce my cholesterol.
              However, it is a pain to buy and use.
              One box lasts about a month; a two box purchase limit (last I saw) means going through the hassle of ordering six times a year -- what a pain!
              The product itself is so tightly wrapped that it can not be unwrapped with your fingers; a sharp pointed knife is required -- what a pain!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best thing on the market

              By LindaW

              from Reno, Nevada

              describe yourself Health Conscious

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy on Stomach
              • Easy To Swallow
              • Effective
              • Helps Reduce Cholesterol
              • Simple To Take
              • Tastes Good

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • After Breakfast Supper
                • Daily Use
                • Men
                • Older People
                • Women

                Comments about Benecol Smart Chews, Caramel Canister, 120 ea:

                My doctor was amazed at how well this works reducing Cholesterol. I will not take the prescription meds. This and Red Yeast Rice do the trick.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Works Great!

                By TR

                from North Florida

                describe yourself First Time User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy on Stomach
                • Easy To Swallow
                • Effective
                • Simple To Take
                • Tastes Good

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Benecol Smart Chews, Caramel Canister, 120 ea:

                    It lowered my cholesterol by 20 points in only several weeks.

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                    Benecol Smart Chews, Caramel Canister

                     – An elevated cholesterol level is considered a risk factor for heart disease. If your cholesterol reading is too high, your doctor may recommend changing your diet. In combination with a heart-healthy diet, Benecol Smart Chews, Caramel Canister are a tasty way to help promote health cholesterol.

                    Benefits of Plant Stanols



                    Benecol Smart Chews are a great-tasting snack fortified with plant stanol esters. Plant stanol esters are plant-based compounds that are believed by some researchers to help block the absorption of cholesterol. Plant stanols are found in small amounts in a number of plants including wheat, rye, corn and some fruits and vegetables.

                    Each serving of Benecol Smart Chews contains 0.8 grams of plant stanol esters. By munching on these tasty chews daily and following a heart-healthy diet low in saturated fat, you can help encourage a healthier cholesterol level. You can enjoy Benecol Smart Chews with meals and as a snack.

                    Benecol Smart Chews may lower LDL-cholesterol, the form of cholesterol linked with heart disease, not HDL-cholesterol, the "good" form of cholesterol. A serving, two chews, contains only 60 calories.

                    Dedicated to Lowering Cholesterol



                    Benecol was launched in Finland in 1995 to help control the nation's growing cholesterol problem. Due to the good response in Finland, Benecol has grown into a company that helps people around the world manage their cholesterol levels. To meet the demand, the company now offers a full line of cholesterol products with plant stanol esters including great tasting chews and healthy spreads. Ask your doctor whether the products in the Benecol line are right for you.
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