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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 198 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (134)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Simple to take (174)
  • Effective (141)
  • Easy on stomach (76)
  • No side effects (69)
  • Easy to swallow (63)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Daily use (158)
  • Women (71)
  • Men (57)
  • Older people (47)
  • Supplement A meal (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Health conscious (125), 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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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!

    (1 of 1 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.

      (1 of 1 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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          On the go good for you

          By SmolderingJade

          from Gordon, NE

          describe yourself Health Conscious

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Men
            • Older People
            • Women

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

            A Dr. I trust recommended Benecol spread which isn't available in my area. Now my husband & I both take 2 chews each morning. Such an easy way to do something good for ourselves.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Medically fine; hard to unwrap

            By Don Freeman

            from Denville, NJ

            describe yourself Health Conscious

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Complicated To Take
            • Knive Needed To Unwrap

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

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

            Medically excellent.
            When the company switched from the square tablets to the rectangular tablets, a new problem:
            With the old square tabets, you could just unwrap them with your fingers. With the newer rectangular tablets, you have to get a sharp pointed knive and slip it under the top wrapping layer; your finger nails are no longer "sharp enough" to separate the layers.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            They work for me.

            By marlamb

            from Clermont, Fl

            describe yourself Health Conscious

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Effective
            • Simple To Take
            • Tastes Good

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

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

              I took 4 a day (2 after breakfast and 2 after dinner) for about 5 months; then had my cholesterol checked and I was pleased with the results:
              Total cholesterol went from 210 to 191.
              LDL went from 117 to 100.
              Triglycerides went from 101 to 79.
              I didn't make my changes to my eating pattern.
              My only complaint would be the price.

               
              5.0

              Like it

              By Peesacake

              from Sacramento

              See all my reviews

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Older People

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

                I like this product and believe it is beneficial to take it to "help" lower cholestrol, know that I must eat healthy too.

                 
                5.0

                Good supplement for cholesterol control

                By Rita the crabber

                from Johns Island, SC

                describe yourself Health Conscious, Long time user

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Supplement A Meal

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

                  Very convenient to use.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Delicious

                  By Dixie

                  from Georgia

                  describe yourself 75 Yrs Lady, Health Conscious

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use
                    • Help Lower Cholestrol
                    • Men
                    • Older People
                    • Women

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

                    My rheumotologist recommended that I chew 2 in am and 2 in pm to help reduce cholestrol.

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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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