Tuesday 5 October 2021

Popular Snacks for Lowering Cholesterol

 Unless you've been living under a croissant all these years, you're well aware that oatmeal is the poster child of cholesterol-lowering foods. Oats and oatmeal are loaded with soluble fiber, which binds with LDL (bad) cholesterol and ushers it out of our bodies. Countless breakfast cereal commercials have declared that the dietary fiber in their products "reduces your risk of heart disease." They base their claims on many clinical studies, including a landmark Harvard study of more than 40,000 male doctors in the Journal of the American Medical Association which found that a high-fiber diet is linked to a 40% lower risk of coronary heart disease.

The National Lipid Association says eating at least 5 to 10 grams of soluble fiber a day can help you lower your total and LDL cholesterol by 11 points or more. Now, there's an incentive to eat breakfast! But at just under 3 grams of soluble fiber per serving of oatmeal, you'd better like oatmeal – or find other ways to get your heart-boosting soluble fiber.

How about snacking on some?

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