One of the easiest ways to add (cholesterol-lowering) dietary fiber to your diet is at breakfast. Many think Cheerios is a heart-healthy cereal, and in some ways it is. But there are many more fiber-rich cereals than Cheerios. Back in 2013 I wrote a post, The Cheerios Myth, about how much cereal you’d have to eat to get a decent amount of dietary fiber (spoiler alert – A LOT).
Which is why I have a glass of Metamucil and eat Oatmeal for breakfast every day (if I do nothing else heart-healthy, at least I get a good start at breakfast!)
But a reader recently reached out to let me know the link comparing breakfast cereals in that Cheerios Myth post no longer worked (thank you,
To lower cholesterol, the American Heart Association recommends eating 25 grams of dietary fiber per day for a 2,000-calorie diet.
As I discovered while writing, Are You Eating Enough Fiber to Lower Cholesterol? the answer for me was a clear NO. Curious and concerned, I did a little research (and math) and realized that I’m currently only consuming about half of the dietary fiber I need to lower cholesterol.
And that led me to wonder what exactly I’d need to eat to double my fiber intake / get to 25 grams of fiber a day.
Last week, I tried Parsnip Fries for the first time at my friend Chris’s house and it was a side-dish revelation (yes, the same Chris who shamed me into cooking more – read here). I cannot fathom why I haven’t read or heard about this delightful and nutritious dish – especially because it’s dead-simple to make, even for me, who does NOT like chopping!
I’ve mastered preparing asparagus and brussels sprouts for roasting – but have long struggled with all kinds of potato chopping. Amazingly, I found peeling and chopping into ‘fry’ shape 1 parsnip far, far easier than the same prep for sweet potatoes.
Every morning I feel guilty as I eat my half-bagel with a smidge of whipped cream cheese and fresh lox – guilty because I know I should be eating that miracle breakfast food, oatmeal. I know oatmeal has a lot of dietary fiber, and dietary fiber reduces cholesterol. But I just don’t care for oatmeal all that much.
So imagine my surprise when I learned while researching for my Answers.com article, Chickpeas Help Lower Cholesterol (who knew?!) that chickpeas have a lot of dietary fiber. And I mean A LOT.