Cereal foods and pasta
Cereal foods, especially those rich in soluble fibre, are widely
acknowledged to be part of a healthy heart diet. Different types of
cereal foods, such as breakfast cereals or muesli, are other
potential Benecol applications.
Beverages and other low-fat applications
Beverages are a convenient way for consumers to consume
effective quantities of Plant stanol ester. Although Plant stanol
ester has typically been associated with fat-containing foods, the
ingredient can easily be incorporated into beverages and low-fat or
Oxidative and processing stability of Plant stanol ester
Under normal storage and food preparation conditions, Plant
stanol ester is very stable because it is more resistant to
oxidation than the commonly used vegetable oils.
Using Plant stanol ester in food applications instead of
conventional fats does not decrease the shelf life of the products.
As is the case for all fats and oils, Plant stanol ester should be
protected from heat, air and light to prevent oxidation. If
long-term storage is required, Plant stanol ester is typically
refrigerated in solid form. Furthermore, antioxidants can be added
to Plant stanol ester products similarly as they are used in other
oils or fats.