Cholesterol is an important molecule involved in bodily functions, from vitamin absorption to structuring cell membranes. However, an imbalance between “good” and “bad” kinds of cholesterol may lead to negative health effects.
For this reason, a person may benefit from cutting down on processed sugary or fried foods. These types of food
This article discusses some foods that have a positive impact on cholesterol. It also outlines healthy snacking tips and answers common questions about low cholesterol snacks.
There are two types of cholesterol: low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. People may refer to LDL cholesterol as “bad” cholesterol and HDL cholesterol as “good” cholesterol.
If a person has too much LDL, they may be at risk of developing certain health conditions.
There is evidence that diets high in fruits and vegetables positively impact cardiovascular health. For instance, a 2018 study on 16–17-year-olds found that those who ate more greens and beans were
People may increase their fruit and vegetable intake by eating them as snacks or incorporating them into small, snack-like meals.
According to a 2020 study, replacing certain dietary sugars such as fructose or sucrose with starch
Some nutrient-rich starchy foods include:
It is important to distinguish between how much cholesterol food has and its effect on bodily cholesterol. According to a
The authors of this study suggest that only certain processed meats may increase total and LDL cholesterol levels. The study did not find similar effects in people who ate eggs or unprocessed meats. However, the authors also note the need for further conclusive research into this topic on larger populations.
Heart UK recommends the following soy foods as good sources of low cholesterol proteins:
Some fermented dairy products may help lower LDL cholesterol levels. These include:
Non-fermented dairy products such as cow’s milk are not likely to lower LDL cholesterol levels. However, some dairy-free alternatives may help.
Heart UK recommends soy milk and soy yogurt as alternatives to dairy-based snacks.
- practicing conscious or mindful eating
- keeping a good stock of healthy snacks
- trying new and healthy recipes
Research also suggests that avoiding trans and saturated fats is important for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.
Below are answers to some of the most common questions about low cholesterol snacks.
Is popcorn low in cholesterol?
Are pretzels low in cholesterol?
This depends on the type of pretzel. Hard and soft pretzels may contain different ingredients, but many contain refined carbohydrates. A healthier option may be pretzels containing whole grains. A person can check the nutrition label on the product to determine its cholesterol content.
What cheese has low cholesterol?
There is limited research into which cheeses are best for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. However, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) recommends people try to eat fewer hard cheeses, such as cheddar.
A person may find it difficult to balance their intake of “good” and “bad” cholesterol. However, a range of snack options may help reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels.
People should speak with a healthcare professional if they are concerned about their cholesterol intake. A doctor or dietitian can help create meal plans and advise a person about other lifestyle modifications to lower cholesterol levels.