For people who have high cholesterol, every bite counts — including the little ones between meals. You may think cutting out snacks is the way to go, but eating at regular intervals is actually important for normalizing your blood sugar levels and keeping your metabolism moving throughout the day.
Snacking is also a great way to include foods that may help lower your cholesterol, as long as you choose wisely. Just because you can’t reach for greasy chips, fries, doughnuts, cakes, and cookies doesn’t mean you’re stuck with tasteless choices. Here are eight healthy snacks you’ll actually enjoy that are good for your heart health, too.
Popcorn Provides Fiber and Whole Grains
Corn and popcorn are both considered whole grains, which means they’re high in fiber that can help lower your cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association. Not only does popcorn have more fiber than whole-wheat bread or brown rice, but this cholesterol buster is also a low-calorie snack when prepared properly and eaten in moderation. Microwave or air pop kernels sans oil, and skip the butter and salt toppings. For a little flavor, try a spray of olive oil and a dash of Parmesan cheese.