A new study has shown that eating one serving of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can significantly reduce your ‘bad’ cholesterol. How does it work?
A new study has shown that eating one serving of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can significantly reduce your ‘bad’ cholesterol, which therefore reduces your risk of heart disease.
The study, led by Dr John Sievenpiper, has shown that people who eat one serving of ‘pulses’ (foods such as beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils) can lower their LDL, or ‘bad’, cholesterol by five per cent. This translates into a five to six per cent reduction in your risk of heart attack or cardiovascular disease.
Pulses can replace animal proteins in food and, as an added bonus, they’re usually quite cheap to buy.
Some people who increased their intake of pulses initially found that they experienced bloating, gas and other bowel complaints, but these symptoms subsided over the course of the study.
You can read more about this research at the ScienceDaily website.