Does CheeriosĀ® help lower cholesterol?

The whole grain oats in Original Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios, and Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch contain soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol*

Oats can help lower cholesterol

Original Cheerios® cereal, Honey Nut Cheerios and Honey Nut Medley Crunch cereal have soluble fiber from whole grain oats. This type of soluble fiber acts like a kind of "sponge," soaking up some of the cholesterol in the body so that the body can get rid of it naturally. Additionally, original Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios and Honey Nut Medley Crunch are cholesterol free. It's nice when foods with good ingredients also taste good.

More on soluble fiber

Fibers offer valuable health benefits. There are two main types of fiber — soluble and insoluble. Both have important health benefits but it's the soluble fiber from oats and barley that can help lower cholesterol.

  • A health claim approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration highlights the connection between foods that contain soluble fiber from oats and heart health.
  • Too much cholesterol building up in the arteries brings a risk of heart disease.

Because your body needs some cholesterol to function, your liver makes it naturally. However, too much LDL-cholesterol, also known as “bad cholesterol,” can lead to buildup in the arteries, which can result in heart disease. LDL-cholesterol levels are affected by from the saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol that may be in your diet.  The soluble fiber in whole grain oats forms a gel that binds some of the cholesterol in your digestive tract. When soluble fiber binds to cholesterol, this cholesterol is "trapped" and some of it is removed from your body naturally.

Cheerios cereal is cholesterol free

Original Cheerios® cereal, Honey Nut Cheerios and Honey Nut Medley Crunch are cholesterol free. Lowering cholesterol can lower the risk of clogged arteries and heart disease. It’s nice when cholesterol-free foods also taste good. Whole grain oats also are part of that classic flavor that makes people happy, and happiness is important too.

*3 grams of soluble fiber daily from whole grain oat foods, like Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch, in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. Cheerios has 1 gram per serving; Honey Nut Cheerios and Honey Nut Medley Crunch have 0.75 gram per serving.

Cheerios® cereal can be part of a heart-healthy diet

Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol are heart healthy because they may help reduce the risk of heart disease. All varieties of Cheerios cereal are cholesterol free and have one gram or less of saturated fat per serving.

Soluble fiber and heart health

Original Cheerios cereal, Honey Nut Cheerios and Honey Nut Medley Crunch also have soluble fiber from oats, which can help lower cholesterol. The soluble fiber in whole grain oats acts like a kind of "sponge," soaking up some of the cholesterol in the body so that the body can get rid of it naturally. Lowering cholesterol can lower the risk of clogged arteries and heart disease.

3 grams of soluble fiber daily from whole grain oat foods, like Cheerios cereal, in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Cheerios cereal provides 1 gram per serving, Honey Nut Cheerios provides 0.75 grams per serving.