Benecol, the No 1 Cholesterol Lowering Brand in Ireland, is urging Irish adults to have a cholesterol check up. Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of death in Ireland, with approximately 10,000 people dying each year. One of the best ways to maintain a healthy heart is to keep cholesterol at a healthy level, as recommended by the Irish Heart Foundation, but the most recent government SLAN Report (2007) showed that 82% of respondents had raised cholesterol.
The good news is that you can make some simple lifestyle changes to help reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in your body. Benecol are highlighting the importance of having a good start to the morning. As everyone knows, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and yet due to busy and rushed routines, people often skip breakfast. However, breakfast is an essential part of a healthy diet. Here are some great tips from Benecol on how to kick start your day the right way while also lowering your cholesterol levels.
Toast to a Healthy Heart
Because Ireland has a love affair with toast, why not try wholegrain bread and put on some Benecol Buttery Taste Spread with plant stanol, which has been shown to actually lower LDL cholesterol by 7- 10% as part of a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle.
Eating an oat-rich breakfast cereal such as porridge every day is an easy adjustment to make to your diet and can help reduce your cholesterol. For variety and additional health benefits, top with a variety of fruit or nuts.
Try something a little dairy-different
Drinking soya milk gives your body soya protein and may help to reduce saturated fat intake.
It’s all too easy for mums and dads on-the-go to miss the most important meal of the day. Benecol Yogurt Drinks and Dairy-Free Drinks come in a single shot. Just one a day will help lower cholesterol. No other food is more effective at reducing cholesterol so it’s the perfect breakfast addition our busy lifestyles.
Benecol has a great range of foods designed to actively lower cholesterol and is the number one cholesterol brand in Ireland. The Benecol range of foods is available in spreads, one a day drinks and yogurts. The range includes three varieties of spreads: Light, Olive and Buttery Taste; yogurts in Tropical, Strawberry and Summer Fruits packs and Benecol Yogurt Drinks in Original, Strawberry, Light, Peach & Apricot and Pineapple. Dairy free drinks are also available in Tropical and Strawberry & Berries flavours.