Foods that Lower Triglycerides

swap beef and cheese burrito for veggie burrito

Almost one in five adults has high triglycerides. Help lower your unhealthy cholesterol numbers the natural way by eating the right foods and making the right choices. Our healthy swaps will get you started.

01 of 09

Food Swaps to Lower Triglycerides

swap spaghetti and meatballs for pasta primavera

Got high triglycerides (a bad form of cholesterol)? The culprit is likely consistently overeating or eating too much sugar, saturated fat, or refined carbohydrate, such as white bread.

You can naturally lower your triglycerides by making the following simple food swaps. They'll help you get your triglycerides under control and help you maintain a healthy weight.

02 of 09

Better Breakfast Bread Choice

bagel with cream cheese for english muffin

Instead of: Bagel with cream cheese

Choose: Whole wheat English muffin with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter or other nut butter

Why make the switch: The English muffin breakfast has fewer calories (helping you keep your weight in check). The nut butter has good fats, which replace the bad fats you'd get from the cream cheese.

03 of 09

Better Breakfast Egg Choice

swap egg-white veggie omelet for cheese omelet

Instead of: Cheese omelet

Choose: Egg-white omelet with spinach, onions, peppers (or any vegetables you like), with or without one slice of whole wheat toast

Why make the switch: Skipping the yolks and the cheese lowers the saturated fat and the sodium in this breakfast. And adding veggies is always a good choice when it comes to your health.

04 of 09

Better Breakfast Cereal

swap chocolate sugary cereal for whole-grain

Instead of: Sugar-frosted, honey-dipped, or chocolate cereal

Choose: 100-percent whole grain cereals, such as shredded wheat, Total, Kashi, or oatmeal; fat-free milk; and 1 tablespoon of chopped almonds

Why make the switch: Whole grain cereals help manage triglycerides and blood sugars.

Tip: Eating fewer carbohydrates in general and focusing on healthy carbohydrates, such as whole grain breads and brown rice, can help lower triglycerides by as much as 28 percent.

05 of 09

Better Drink Choice

soda orange juice tea water

Instead of: Soda or fruit drinks

Choose: Flavored seltzers,fat-free milk or low-fat soymilk, unsweetened tea

Why make the switch: Sweetened drinks contribute to weight gain, which can raise your triglyceride levels. Now that America is aware of the risks of sugary drinks, the beverage aisle has more options than ever for sparkling waters, and other unsweetened (or lightly sweetened) drinks.

FYI: Women, if your waist measures 35 inches or more (or men, 40 inches or more), you are at risk for developing high triglycerides.

06 of 09

Better Sandwich Choice

swap grilled turkey sandwich for roast beef sandwich

Instead of: Roast beef on rye with mayo

Choose: Turkey breast on whole grain bread with lettuce, tomato, and mustard

Why make the switch: Swapping sandwiches saves you 12 grams of fat and 214 calories, both significant factors in your triglyceride levels.

07 of 09

Better Afternoon Snack Choice

chocolate chip cookie unsalted nuts

Instead of: Cookies

Choose: One handful of unsalted nuts (about 10-12 nuts) with a cup of tea, fat-free milk, or water

Why make the switch: Nuts are high in healthy fats and heart-healthy compounds like vitamin E and resveratrol. Bonus, they pack a punch of protein to keep you feeling full longer than a sugary snack.

08 of 09

Better Pasta Dinner Choice

spaghetti meatballs pasta primavera

Instead of: Spaghetti and meatballs

Choose: Whole grain pasta primavera with broccoli, onions, carrots, and peas lightly sauteed with garlic and olive oil

Why make the switch: Meatballs have saturated fat and sodium. Whole grains and vegetables add fiber and heart-healthy compounds. For a protein boost you can add beans, salmon, or other heart-smart protein sources.

09 of 09

Better Mexican Food Dinner Choice

swap beef and cheese burrito for veggie burrito

Instead of: Cheese and beef burrito with refried beans

Choose: Vegetable burrito (whole wheat) with black beans (no lard or butter), 2 tablespoons of guacamole

Why make the switch: Cheese and beef are high in saturated fat. Lower the fat content by adding vegetables and beans. Guacamole comes from avocados, a heart-healthy food, and still offers the yummy creamy texture of refried beans or other fat-laden spreads.

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