Irish celebrity chef, reality television judge and owner of Michelin star restaurant L’Ecrivain, Derry Clarke, has teamed up with Benecol to highlight the importance of lowering cholesterol and maintaining a healthy diet.

Derry is renowned for his simple but delicious dishes made using fresh, local Irish produce. He is a firm believer in following a healthy diet to help keep hearts healthy, having previously worked with the Irish Heart Foundation and having had a heart bypass himself. He says, “Being aware of the importance of cholesterol and the need to keep it low is really key. Since having issues with my heart in 2013 I’ve made sure to make simple switches in my life, ensuring I’m eating healthily and keeping active.”

Derry continues, “Switching certain ingredients or foods to help lower your cholesterol can be simple, and it can certainly still be delicious. For example, try using Benecol spreads on your bread, toast and in cooking instead of butter and if you’re partial to a yoghurt, why not have a Benecol Yoghurt alongside your breakfast in the morning?”

What is the Switch to Wonderful campaign?

The Switch to Wonderful campaign aims to educate and encourage people across Ireland to make small, everyday switches to lower cholesterol and make their hearts happy, by demonstrating that a balanced diet can still mean delicious food too. Making simple switches means you don’t have to make big changes to your diet or lifestyle. Including products containing cholesterol-lowering plant stanols – such as swapping your normal butter for a cholesterol lowering spread – and switching to healthier versions of everyday products, are great ways to help reduce high cholesterol levels and contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

The Benecol range contains plant stanol ester, which is derived from plant stanols and vegetable oils. Plant stanols are proven to reduce cholesterol levels by partially blocking uptake of cholesterol in the gut, so less gets absorbed into your blood stream. You can find out more about how Benecol Works here.

The Benecol range includes a number of products such as spreads, yogurts and yogurt drinks. The full range can be viewed here.

Make your food do more by switching ingredients to create healthier, more exciting meals with Benecol.

Derrys Top Tip:  “Yoghurt is a brilliant alternative to using cream or crème fresh. It’s also a delicious snack if you’re watching TV and feel peckish. Some yoghurt in a bowl with some fruits and crispy oats on top of it is a great treat!”