Most Canadians already know that Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios can help lower cholesterol thanks to the oat fibre the cereals contain. The distinctive green banner across the boxes is the way that General Mills lets consumers know the cereal contains oat fibre.
But now, another cereal has donned a little green! Oatmeal Crisp is also a source of oat fibre and has recently earned the right to wear the same green banner to let consumers easily recognize the cereal as a member of General Mills’ cholesterol-fighting family.
If you’re trying to lower your cholesterol, here are four easy tips to help you get started:
1) Ensure your portions are the correct size.
Use measuring cups and spoons to ensure that the portions of meat, grains and vegetables you are eating are appropriate. Most Canadians eat portions that are far larger than the recommendations in Canada’s Food Guide.
2) Eat whole grain and high fibre foods.
Canadians should be getting 25g of fibre a day. And oat fibre added to a low fat diet has been shown to lower total cholesterol by up to 5% and LDL cholesterol by up to 8%.
3) Add healthy fats to your diet.
Eat less fat from baked and fried foods and fatty meats. Instead, add foods with healthy fats like salmon, nuts, seeds and olive oil.
4) Get active!
Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any age, so aim for thirty to sixty minutes of physical activity daily. Pick activities you enjoy; whether you’re playing at the park with your children or working in the garden, it all helps contribute to better health.
For more information about cholesterol, check out the General Mills website. And if you’re trying to lower your cholesterol, start taking some small steps towards a healthier lifestyle today. Little things like starting an easy exercise program or adding a cereal containing oat fibre can make a big difference over time. And best of all, Oatmeal Crisp and Cheerios are a delicious way to start your day!
Disclosure – I am participating in the Life Made Delicious Ambassador Program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.