Benecol Smart Chews, Caramel Canister 120 ea
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    Dietary Supplement

    Proven to Reduce Cholesterol
    The Sweet Way to Reduce Cholesterol

    Feel in control with Benecol® Smart Chews, a delicious and convenient way to lower cholesterol.  Enjoy these great-tasting chews with meals and snacks each day.  Benecol® products contain plant stanol ester which:

    • Works to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol
    • Works by actively blocking cholesterol absorption in your body
    • May be used by those taking statin mediations for additional cholesterol lowering

    About Plant Stanol Esters

    Plant stanol esters are derived from natural plant sources.  They work for you by actively blocking the absorption of cholesterol in your body.  Plant stanol esters lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol without affecting the HDL (good) cholesterol.  And because Benecol® Smart Chews taste so great, it's easy to make them part of your everyday lifestyle.

    Foods containing at least 0.5g per serving of plant stanols eaten with meals or snacks for a daily total intake of 2g as part as a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.  A serving of Benecol® Smart Chews supplies 0.8g of plant stanols.

    Natural and Artificial Flavors

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    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

    Warnings

    Do not use if seal under cap is missing or broken.  Keep out of the reach of children.  Use as directed.  Store at room temperature.

    ©McNeil Nutritionals, LLC.

  • ingredients
    Facts:

    Supplement Facts
    Serving Size:2 Chews
    Servings Per Container:60
    Amount per Serving
    Calories Total35
       from Fat10
    Amount per Serving% Daily Value+
    Total Fat  1 g1
    Sodium  25 mg1
    Total Carbohydrate  7 g2
      Sugars  7 g
    % Daily Value
    Calcium as Calcium Carbonate 80 mg8
    Plant Stanol Esters  0.8 g*
    * Daily Value not established.
    + Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • reviews

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    Benecol Smart Chews, Caramel Canister, 120 ea
     
    4.5

    (based on 206 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (140)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (42)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (6)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Simple to take (181)
    • Effective (147)
    • Easy on stomach (83)
    • Easy to swallow (69)
    • No side effects (69)

    Cons

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

    Best Uses

    • Daily use (164)
    • Women (73)
    • Men (59)
    • Older people (48)
    • Supplement A meal (25)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Health conscious (132), 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!

    VS

    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

    I recommend these!

    By TJ

    from PA

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Simple To Take
    • Tastes Good

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Both my parents had high cholesterol so I've been doomed to deal with it myself. When my numbers went high, I finally brought my weight down but my doctor still had to prescribe some Zetia for me because the numbers would not go down. When I discovered the Benecol here about 1-1/2 years ago, I figured I would try adding that to my overall lifestyle change of eating better. I believe it's the combo but either way, Benecol has certainly aided in making my hypercholesterolemia numbers so much improved!

         
        5.0

        I routinely buy this product

        By Joan

        from Boston MA

        describe yourself Health Conscious

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Men

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

          Very effective

           
          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

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                      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!

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                    • directions

                      Enjoy these delicious chews daily with your meals and snacks.  Benecol® Smart Chews can help you meet the National Cholesterol Education Program Guidelines recommended amount of 2g plant stanols/sterols per day.

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