Have you ever wondered how the foods you eat could impact your cholesterol?
One of many known truths is this: a diet rich in fiber can lower cholesterol to healthier levels.
But fewer than 5 percent of average American adults actually get the adequate daily amount of fiber (25 to 38 grams) necessary for a balanced diet, according to Metamucil.
Adding more fiber to your diet isn’t easy. It’s a challenge, but it’s well worth it. Here are some ways to plan for a fiber-induced diet:
Eat Breakfast & Lower Your Cholesterol
Let go of the bacon – yes, we all love the bacon. A bowl of oatmeal or other high-fiber cereal, like Kashi, is the better option.
Choose Snacks That Help Lower Cholesterol Levels
Junk food is a big no-no. That includes the chips and dips. Instead, make raw veggies like carrots and hummus, nuts, air-popped popcorn and yogurt the go-to snacks when you’re feeling hungry before or after a meal.
Fruits > Juices
Juices are tasty and they may taste like our favorite fruits – berries, pomegranates, mangos and bananas.
But, juice is not the real thing. The healthier, fiber-induced option is whole fruits like kiwis, apples and more.
Check the Label Before You Eat to Lower Cholesterol
Also, look for products with high fiber content. Anything between 2.5 and 4.9 grams of fiber per serving is