Some cholesterol is necessary for the production of hormones and cell membranes, despite the fact that it has a bad reputation. Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in our blood, and many Americans have levels that are too high, putting them at risk for cardiovascular problems like heart disease and stroke.
The American Heart Association suggests that eating habits are a major contributor to high cholesterol. Foods high in saturated fats, added sugar, and sodium are more to blame for raising LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) levels in the body, despite the common belief that cholesterol-rich foods cause high cholesterol.
Because of this, people who want to reduce their cholesterol levels are often advised to avoid eating processed red meats like sausage, deli meat, and bacon. However, are there any healthier alternatives to these red meat products?
We inquired with Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, author of The First Time Mom’s Pregnancy Cookbook and Fueling Male Fertility, about the type of bacon she suggests for those looking to reduce their cholesterol intake.
Because it contains no saturated fat, no added sugars, and only 150 milligrams of sodium per serving (well under the 1,500 milligram limit the American Heart Association recommends), I recommend Applegate Naturals Uncured Turkey Bacon.
The National Health Society claims that lowering cholesterol can be accomplished by switching to a diet lower in saturated fat and higher in unsaturated fats. It’s best to avoid the typical types of bacon whenever possible due to their high saturated fat content, as most of these are made from pork. There are only 1.5 grams of fat in this turkey bacon, and none of it is saturated.
Many people don’t realize that many bacon options have sugar added to them, which is another common culprit of higher cholesterol levels. Fortunately, there is no added sugar in this Applegate variety.
As long as the bacon is eaten as part of an overall heart-healthy diet, including this variety will be your best choice for healthy cholesterol, says Manaker. “Applegate Turkey Bacon is also made with zero antibiotics, the animals are humanely raised, and it contains no fillers.”
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