Oat cereal has fiber which binds to cholesterol in your digestive system—as a result, dietary cholesterol comes out with a bowel movement instead of being reabsorbed by your body,
However, "just because cereal like Cheerios can help with cholesterol, that doesn't mean you need to make it the only fiber-rich food you eat,"
says Barnes. "Focus on including oat cereal and other whole grains and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables into your diet for better health."
Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, founder of NutritionStarringYOU.com and author of The Everything Easy Pre-Diabetes Cookbook, echoes this advice.
"To make sure you consume a variety of nutrients, I usually recommend switching around different fruits, nuts, and seeds to add to your cereal to keep it fun
and provide your body with different vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals to help prevent lifestyle diseases."Plus, if you're looking to limit your carb intake, particularly
if you have diabetes or prediabetes, Harris-Pincus suggests: "Pair cereal with a source of protein and healthy fats like an egg, Greek yogurt, dairy or soy milk, and nuts or seeds
to help slow the digestion and absorption of the carbohydrate."