Triglycerides And Whole Wheat Carbs

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Asked by mayan302

Triglycerides And Whole Wheat Carbs

About 3 months ago I had my Blood drawn and I was told that my triglycerides were 675 and I was asked to exercise, take omega-3 pills, and lower my carbohydrates. A week ago I had blood drawn again and it went down to 467.

Again, I was told to exercise, take omega-3 pills and lower my carbohydrates. I understand that fruits and bread are a source of carbohydrates, but I would like to know if it makes a difference to eat whole grain foods that are carbohydrates. Can I eat the same amount of bread if it is whole wheat?

Answer

Hi Mayan302,

Great job lowering your triglycerides by over 200 points! You received the same instructions to keep exercising, supplement omega 3's, and lower carbohydrates because what you are doing is working. It just takes time to get the number back in a healthy range. Stick with it.

Yes, select whole grain breads with a minimum of 2 grams of dietary fiber per slice. You can find breads with up to 5-6 grams per slice, so do some shopping around. Same with pastas, choose whole grain spaghetti noodles, penne pasta, etc. Lowering triglycerides does not mean you need to eliminate carbohydrates, but you do need to eat them in moderation and balance them with high fiber and protein. Protein helps slow the breakdown of carbohydrates, preventing blood sugar spikes. So, if you have toast in the morning for breakfast, choose whole grain toast (extra fiber) and top with peanut butter (protein and omega 3 fatty acids).

Whether you can eat the same amount of bread or not, depends on how much you were eating to begin with. Moderation is the bottom line.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

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