GRAINS TO HELP LOWER YOUR CHOLESTEROL.

nina | January 16th, 2014 - 9:00 am

This is the year to lower your cholesterol and live a longer, healthier life doing the things you love.  Getting started today can be as easy as adding foods to your diet that have been shown to help with cholesterol, such as whole grains.  Here are 5 tasty whole grain picks to start lowering your blood cholesterol level now:

Oats
– This is one of the most well-known grains, especially for lowering cholesterol.  Try old-fashioned, quick-cooking or steel-cut for a healthy, warming breakfast, or think outside the box to incorporate this grain.

Barley – This ancient grain isn’t hard to find and has been shown to help reduce cholesterol.  Barley also happens to be the whole grain with the highest fiber.  Opt for hulled barley instead of pearl barley to get the most health benefits.

Bulgur
– This grain is actually wheat kernels that have been boiled, dried, cracked, and then sorted by size.  You may recognize it from many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean recipes.  For an easy recipe that can be pulled together quickly, thanks to bulgur’s quick “cooking time,” try a Tabbouleh Salad.

Millet – This traditional grain isn’t just a good ingredient for lowering cholesterol; it is also a good option for those who need to follow a gluten-free diet.  Perhaps a  Millet Apple Raisin Cake for a sweet and easy recipe for your health.

Amaranth – If this grain is new to you, you’re going to want to get to know it.  According to the Whole Grains Council, “Amaranth has shown potential as a cholesterol-lowing whole grain in several studies conducted over the past 14 years.  There are many recipes out there using this unusual grain.
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