Health Care Professionals

Health Care Professionals

This section of the website contains relevant information on cholesterol management for healthcare professionals.

It is important to note that this section of the website contains information intended specifically for healthcare professionals.

How Logicol spread can help your patients

easy steps for your patients to take Logicol approach to lowering cholesterol absorption

  1. Replace their current margarine or butter with 2-3 serves (25g) Logicol spread, enough to cover 2-3 slices of bread everyday. Some simple ways to guide adequate intake include:

    • 1-2 tablespoons or 4-6 teaspoons each day
    • A 500g tub should last one person around 16-25 days

  2. Recommended patients maintain this routine every day to lower their cholesterol absorption by 10% in 3 weeks.
  3. Ensure the patient understands that additional consumption of Logicol spread beyond 2-3 serves (25g) does NOT provide additional benefits i.e. does not lower cholesterol further
  4. Encourage a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables (especially yellow and orange coloured), wholegrain foods, fish and foods that are low in saturated fat
  5. Address other lifestyle factors where relevant, such as exercise, smoking and stress reduction.

You may find that some of your patients have given up using spreads altogether. For patients who don’t eat a lot of bread or regularly eat out, you can recommend other ways to easily include the required 2-3 serves of Logicol spread every day such as adding it to cooked vegetables, potatoes or rice or using Logicol spread in tasty recipes click here.

For tailored individual dietary advice referral to an Accredited Practising Dietitian is recommended. Visit www.daa.asn.au.

Logicol product information

For patients trying to maintain a healthy weight.  It contains all the benefits of regular Logicol spread but with half the fat and half the kilojoules making it ideal for those restricting their energy intakes.

How much plant sterols are needed and what results can be expected?

The recommended daily consumption of 2-3 grams of plant sterols reduces LDL cholesterol absorption by approximately 10% in 3 weeks1. This is equivalent to 2-3 serves or 1-2 tablespoons (25grams) of Logicol spread daily. Clinical trials have shown that 1.6 - 2.4 grams of plant sterols per day can produce significant benefits. The evidence for their LDL cholesterol level-reducing potential is strong.

Once intake stops, the effect of plant sterols on cholesterol absorption can decrease over a 2-3 week period.

References

1 Nestel P, Cehun M, Pomeroy S et al. Cholesterol lowering effects of plant sterol esters and non-esterified stanols in margarine, butter and low fat foods. Eur J Clin Nutr 2001; 55: 1084-90.