Beans and Peas Reduce “Bad” Cholesterol
Eating “pulses,” seeds that come from legume plants such as beans, chickpeas, lentils, and peas, is known to be healthful. Now, a review of 26 studies—including three that involved people with type 2 diabetes—found that doing so can help reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Among 1,037 adults, those who ate a serving of pulses (about three-quarters of a cup) daily for three weeks or longer saw a 5 percent drop in LDL cholesterol on average. The effect could translate to a 5 to 6 percent reduction in heart attacks and strokes. But it might take some effort because Americans typically eat less than a quarter serving of pulses per day.
Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal, published online April 7, 2014