What bread is best for a low cholesterol diet? —Melanie Meyer

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What bread is best for a low cholesterol diet?

Q: What bread is best for a low cholesterol diet?

Bread typically doesn't contain any cholesterol unless it is made with butter. However, in the past several years, researchers have shown that dietary cholesterol doesn't raise blood cholesterol levels or increase the risk of heart disease. In fact, eating eggs several times a week is now considered a heart-healthy practice. Unfortunately, some doctors aren't yet aware of the most up-to-date nutrition research and nutrition recommendations.

In addition, studies have shown that bread tends to raise blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. This is true even for whole wheat varieties. There are also many anecdotal reports of significant blood sugar increases following bread consumption. Therefore, it's best to limit all types of bread and choose whole, unprocessed foods instead. If you still want to have bread occasionally, have one slice of thin whole-grain bread in order to ensure your blood sugar stays in the healthy range.

Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE

Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.


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