It can be challenging to know what food you can eat if you have high cholesterol, especially if you’re looking for something to snack on between meals. So many snack foods are loaded with saturated fats and sugar that it may seem prudent to cut out snacks altogether. However, eating at regular intervals is important for keeping normal blood sugar levels and your metabolism moving.
While the best snacks are high in fiber or protein and low in sugar and saturated fats, it’s important to know that, as with every diet, there isn’t a one size fits all answer.
“We’re finding that different foods for different people can cause elevated cholesterol,” says Julia Zumpano, RD, from the Cleveland Clinic. “We’re finding some people respond really well to a low-saturated-fat vegan diet to lower the cholesterol, and some people respond more on a higher-fat, higher-protein, and low-carb. It’s really based on the mix of your genes.”
Still, there are general rules to follow, including keeping mindful of what constitutes a snack. Definitions vary, but multiple dietitians say that a snack is only a small portion of food between meals, preferably around 200 calories. This can range from a piece of fruit to leftovers from last night’s dinner.
Here are some surefire snack ideas that will keep you satisfied and your cholesterol levels stable throughout the day.