Are You Eating Enough Fiber to Lower Cholesterol?

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While doing research for my exciting new project—a low-cholesterol cookbook that will debut in January, 2018 (more on that in subsequent posts!)—I was reminded just how important fiber is to a diet that helps naturally lower cholesterol.

Which of course made me realize I’m probably not getting enough fiber. On the plus side, I am definitely back in the habit of a daily dose of Metamucil.

On the downside, that only delivers 3 grams of total dietary fiber, and 2 grams of soluble fiber, which is known to decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol.

How does that compare with the amount of fiber a person needs to consume daily to help lower cholesterol?

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The Cheerios Myth

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Cheerios claims to be clinically proven to help lower cholesterol: as much as 10% in 1 month! As I don’t hate Cheerios — and they’re far faster to make in the morning than oatmeal — I thought it warranted investigation.

An April 2009 research study conducted by the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition (which is owned by General Mills, the maker of Cheerios) did indeed prove that eating 3 cups of Cheerios per day “as part of a reduced calorie diet low in fat” lowered LDL or “bad” cholesterol about 10 percent in one month.

Pretty impressive.

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