Daily Serving of Beans, Peas, Chickpeas or Lentils Can Significantly Reduce Bad Cholesterol

Food.Bean.GreenEating one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can significantly reduce “bad cholesterol” and therefore the risk of cardiovascular disease, a new study has found.

The study, led by Dr. John Sievenpiper of the hospital’s Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre, was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Dr. Sievenpiper said that by eating one serving a day of pulses, people could lower their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by five per cent. He said that would translate into a five to six per cent reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease.

One serving of pulses is 130 grams or ¾ cup. Pulses have a low glycemic index (meaning that they are foods that break down slowly) and tend to reduce or displace animal protein as well as “bad” fats such as trans fat in a dish or meal.

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Source: St. Michael’s Hospital. “Daily serving of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can significantly reduce bad cholesterol.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 April 2014.

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