Will eating Benecol products affect my triglyceride levels? LOWERING CHOLESTEROL WITH BENECOL No. Plant stanol ester – the active ingredient in Benecol – only lowers your total and LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol. LOWERING CHOLESTEROL WITH BENECOL Is it worth eating Benecol products with added plant stanols if my cholesterol is within healthy limits? What happens if I eat more than the recommended daily intake of plant stanols? Will my HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol levels fall by eating Benecol products? How much Benecol do I have to eat to get the right daily amount of plant stanols? Why do Benecol products need to be consumed as part of healthy diet and lifestyle? How will I know that the plant stanol ester in Benecol products is working? Is the cholesterol lowering effect of Benecol products sustained over long periods of time?