The Benecol® story

- About Benecol -

Lowering cholesterol is not a destination. It is a journey. And not just any journey. Every good choice we make is a little step on the road to a healthier and happier future.

Our story

One great cholesterol-lowering journey began in Finland in the early 1970s when an extensive Public health program called North Karelia Project was started. The goal was to bring about diet and lifestyle changes and improve the heart health of thousands of Finns.


The idea of creating cholesterol-lowering foods emerged, and with it, Benecol®. By then, it was already known that stanols, naturally found in plants, lower cholesterol. However, there were no suitable methods for including plant stanols in food yet. Food manufacturer Raisio in Finland took up the challenge of clearing this roadblock.

The solution was found in 1989, when researcher Ingmar Wester had a groundbreaking idea while playing with his daughter. His innovation was Plant stanol ester, which can be added to various kinds of foods without compromising taste and effectiveness. 

In 1995, the very first Benecol® product containing Plant stanol ester was launched in Finland.

Professor Ingmar Wester is the inventor of the unique cholesterol lowering ingredient, plant stanol ester

Since then, the cholesterol-lowering effect of Plant stanol ester has been proven in more than 70 clinical studies. Benecol products lower cholesterol by an average of 10 percent in two to three weeks and keep it low when used daily. Plant stanol ester has been given the right to make health claims by both the US Food and Drug Administration and the EU Commission. Plant stanol ester, only found in Benecol foods, is also recommended in several international cardiovascular guidelines.

Today, Benecol® is recognized as a global, trusted brand with a number of cholesterol-lowering foods enjoyed by millions of satisfied people in some 30 countries worldwide. They are people we like to think of as our friends and partners in heart health, since we know they are friends of fresh yogurts, delicious yogurt drinks, tasty spreads and many other healthy and effective Benecol food and food supplement products available globally.

Benecol products lower LDL cholesterol efficiently

You may have started your cholesterol-lowering adventure today, or already be well on your way. Sometimes it only takes a little push for things to change. Maybe you have already quit smoking, started exercising and watching your weight, or have added more greens to your plate. Good for you! Benecol® foods and food supplements are the additional, effective, simple boost to your daily efforts to lower your cholesterol and keep it low.

Take care of your future health and cherish the life you love! We will support you every step of the way.