Best bread for low cholesterol diet

Which types of bread are the best for lowering cholesterol?

If you love bread then you’ll be pleased to hear that most types of bread are cholesterol-friendly, so are great for a low cholesterol diet. More than that, many types of bread actively lower cholesterol because they’re rich in dietary fibre.

The two main things I look out for when choosing cholesterol-friendly bread are:-

  1. It should be low in saturated fat (i.e. contain less than 1.5g per 100g).
  2. It should also be high in fibre (i.e. contain more than 6g per 100g), but the more fibre the better.

I also look out for the salt and sugar content to make sure they’re not too high (note, many shop-bought loaves contain added sugar).

Here’s a list of the best types of bread to eat in a cholesterol-lowering diet:-

1. Wholemeal (Wholegrain) Bread

Wholemeal (wholegrain) bread is great for lowering cholesterol because it contains the whole of the grain, which includes the outer fibre-rich bran layer.  

These cholesterol-lowering wholemeal loaves of bread are high in fibre, low in saturated fat and contain no added sugar:-

  • Cranks Organic Wholemeal Bread
  • Warburtons Wholemeal Medium Bread
  • Tesco Wholemeal Pitta Bread
  • Morrisons Wholemeal Loaf

These cholesterol-lowering wholemeal loaves of bread are high in fibre and low in saturated fat, but have added sugar:-

  • Hovis Wholemeal Bread
  • Kingsmill Tasty Wholemeal Medium Bread
  • Allinson’s Classic Wholemeal Loaf
  • Tesco Wholemeal Bread

2. Seeded Bread

Seeds are packed with dietary fibre and healthy fats that can help to lower cholesterol, so seeded breads are a great cholesterol-friendly choice. Even better are wholemeal (wholegrain) loaves with seeds added.

These cholesterol-lowering seeded loaves of bread are high in fibre, low in saturated fat and contain no added sugar:-

  • Roberts Bakery Seeded Bloomer
  • The Rustik Bakery 5 Seed Sourdough Bread
  • Waitrose Farmhouse Batch Multi-Seeded Bread
  • Tesco Finest Super Seeded Bread

These cholesterol-lowering seeded loaves of bread are high in fibre and low in saturated fat, but have added sugar:-

  • Kelkin Sourdough Multiseed Bread
  • Schar Gluten Free Seeded Loaf
  • Genius Gluten Free Five Seeded Bread
  • Hovis Country Granary Bread

3. Rye Bread

Rye is rich in nutrients and high in fibre, making it a great cholesterol-lowering ingredient. These rye loaves of bread contain more fibre than most of the other types of bread available, and they’re also low in saturated fat, making them a great cholesterol-lowering choice. They also contain no added sugar.

  • Biona Organic Rye Pumpkin Seed Bread
  • Biona Organic Golden Linseed Bread
  • The Village Bakery Rye Bread

The only downside with rye bread is that it has a bit of an acquired taste, so you may prefer to go with the wholemeal or seeded loaves instead.

Cholesterol-lowering ways to eat bread

  1. Almond or peanut butter with sliced banana on toast
  2. Smoked salmon & avocado sandwich
  3. Baked beans on toast
  4. Falafel & houmous pitta
  5. Cottage cheese & apple on toast

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