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:-
- It should be low in saturated fat (i.e. contain less than 1.5g per 100g).
- 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
- Almond or peanut butter with sliced banana on toast
- Smoked salmon & avocado sandwich
- Baked beans on toast
- Falafel & houmous pitta
- Cottage cheese & apple on toast