1. Who is at risk of cholesterol?
There are no obvious signs of high cholesterol and therefore it needs to be checked by your Doctor. High Cholesterol can be hereditary.
2. What are the potential consequences of high cholesterol levels?
High levels of “bad” cholesterol can lead to increased risk of Cardiovascular Disease.
3. How do you test for Cholesterol levels?
This needs to be carried out by a Doctor and guidance given dependant on the results.
4. What levels of Cholesterol are “Good” or “Bad”?
Cholesterol level is stated as minimals of cholesterol per litre of blood. A level of 5.0 or above and your Doctor should advise management of diet and lifestyle to manage/reduce this. Between 4.6 and 4.9 you should eat more healthily and exercise more to avoid this increasing further. Below 4.5 and you should look to maintain this through a healthy balanced lifestyle.
5. What in LoCol reduces cholesterol?
The vegetable oil used in the manufacture of LoCol (which replaces the “bad” milk fat) contains Plant Sterols which are shown to reduce cholesterol by blocking the absorption of cholesterol from the diet. The oil also contains significant levels of polyunsaturated fats. The beneficial cholesterol reducing effect s obtained with a daily intake of 1.5-3g of various plant sterol/stanol containing products and as part of a well balanced, cholesterol reducing diet. The levels of cholesterol in the product are only 10% that of standard Cheddar cheese.
6. Can I use LoCol in the same ways as Cheddar Cheese?
Yes. The product can be used in the same ways, as a table cheese, in sandwiches, on toast and in cooking applications.
7. Where can I buy LoCol?
LoCol can be found in the cheese section Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury, Morrisons, Booths and via Ocado online.
8. How much LoCol should I eat and how frequently?
Eating 65gas part of one or two meals per day as part of a healthy balanced diet is proven to reduce cholesterol. The beneficial cholesterol reducing effect is obtained with a daily intake of 1.5-3g of various plant sterol/stanol containing products and as part of a well balanced, cholesterol reducing diet.
9. Is Locol suitable for Vegetarians?
Yes. The product is made from skimmed milk, vegetable oil and non-animal rennet in the same way as standard Cheddar cheese. LoCol does not contain any GM materials and is also suitable for Coeliacs (for info www.coeliac.co.uk) as LoCol is gluten free.
10. How is LoCol made?
LoCol is made in exactly the same way as Cheddar cheese using the same recipe and techniques.