Did you know?
It's National Cholesterol Awareness Month. According to a recent survey conducted by the American Heart Association (ADA), Americans 40 and older understand the importance of having healthy cholesterol levels. However, over half of those surveyed (51 percent) didn't know their own cholesterol numbers.

The AHA offers the following tips to help improve cholesterol management:
  • Get your cholesterol checked regularly. The AHA recommends checking cholesterol at least every five years. Men over 45 and women over 55 should get checked more often.

  • Begin an exercise program. Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days. It's best to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program, especially if you're over the age of 40 or have not been physically active for awhile.

  • Watch your caloric intake by eating a wide variety of foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

  • The fiber-cholesterol connection
    It's important to note that animal and human studies show that soluble fiber, such as that found in barley has been found to help lower blood cholesterol. For more information about barley's fiber content and its nutritional benefits, click on Nutrition Notes. For more detailed information on recent clinical trials measuring the effects of soluble fiber from pearl barley products on blood cholesterol, blood pressure and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, click here.