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The Best Cereals for Lowering Cholesterol

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author image Jaime Harder Caldwell
Jaime Harder Caldwell has been a food writer and recipe developer for five years. Her work has appeared in "Cooking Light," "Health," "Weight Watchers," CNN.com and MyRecipes.com. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition from Auburn University, a Culinary Arts degree from the Institute for Culinary Education and a Master of Science in food studies from New York University.
The Best Cereals for Lowering Cholesterol
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Years of research has shown that diets low in saturated fat and excess calories and high in fiber can reduce the levels of cholesterol in your blood. Fiber is found in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. While it is indigestible in the body, it is important in regulating digestion and preventing constipation. The American Heart Association recommends adults consume 14 g of fiber for every 1,000 calories per day. In addition to eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, you can increase fiber consumption by eating a bowl of fiber-packed cereal for breakfast each morning. The following cereals contain the highest amounts of fiber per serving and are helpful in lowering cholesterol when consumed as part of a low-fat diet.

Fiber One (General Mills)

Per ½ cup serving, Fiber One contains 60 calories and 14 g of fiber, providing approximately 50 percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber for a 2,000-calorie diet.

Good Friends (Kashi)

Per 1 cup serving, Good Friends cereal contains 60 calories and 12 g of fiber, providing approximately 42 percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber for a 2,000-calorie diet.

Kashi Go Lean

Per 1 cup serving, Kashi Go Lean contains 140 calories and 10 g of fiber, providing approximately 36 percent of the recommended daily allowance for fiber for a 2,000-calorie diet.

All Bran (Kellogg's)

Per ½ cup serving, All Bran contains 80 calories and 10 g of fiber, providing approximately 36 percent of the recommended daily allowance of fiber for a 2,000-calorie diet.

Go Lean Crunch (Kashi)

Per 1 cup serving, Go Lean Crunch contains 190 calories and 8 g fiber, providing approximately 29 percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber for a 2,000-calorie diet.

Raisin Bran (Kellogg's)

Per 1 cup serving, Raisin Bran contains 190 calories and 7 g of fiber, providing approximately 25 percent of the recommended daily fiber allowance for a 2,000-calorie diet.

Grape-nuts (Post)

Per ½ cup serving, Grape-nuts contains 200 calories and 7 g of fiber, providing approximately 25 percent of the recommended daily allowance of fiber.

Shredded Wheat (Post)

Per 1 cup serving, Shredded Wheat contains 160 calories and 6 g of fiber, providing approximately 21 percent of the recommended daily allowance of fiber.

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