June 26, 2012 06:34 ET

FIRST Joint European Societies Guideline for Dyslipidaemia Including Raised Cholesterol Highlights That Plant Stanols and Sterols Can Play a Role in Cholesterol Reduction

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 26, 2012) - The European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) published the first joint European guidelines for the management of dyslipidaemia in July 2011 - a major study which continues to be a point of reference today. The guidelines highlight that lifestyle interventions should be the first step for managing cholesterol in all patients - the evidence supporting the role of phytosterols including plant stanols and sterols is noted as having 'A grade' evidence within the new guidelines.

Benecol® foods contain the cholesterol lowering ingredient plant stanol ester, which is proven to lower LDL-cholesterol by 7 - 10%*. The guidelines highlight that foods enriched with phytosterols may be considered for individuals with raised cholesterol levels.

In Europe the efficacy of plant stanol esters has been confirmed by the European Commission, following a positive opinion by the European Food Safety Authority, who confirmed that plant stanol esters 'have been shown to lower blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of Coronary Heart Disease.'

Plant stanol esters have been widely researched in over 60 studies that have been published in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals. In addition, there are 30 gold standard clinical trials which support the safety and effectiveness of plant stanol ester. Plant stanol ester works with the body by partially blocking the entry of cholesterol into the bloodstream.

The complete Benecol® foods range includes Spoonable Yogurts, Yogurt Drinks Spreads, and Light Cream Cheese Style Spread.

* within 2 – 3 weeks when 1.5 – 2.4g plant stanols are consumed every day as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

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