Eating beans and pulses daily can reduce bad cholesterol
According to a new study, eating one serving a day of beans, peas or lentils can significantly reduce “bad cholesterol” and therefore the risk of cardiovascular disease. Sievenpiper of St Michael’s Hospital here said that by eating one serving a day of pulses, people could lower their LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol by five percent.
“We have a lot of room in our diets for increasing our pulse intake to derive the cardiovascular benefits,” Sievenpiper said. He said that this would translate into a five to six percent reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Pulses have a low glycemic index (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. “Pulses already play a role in many traditional cuisines, including Mediterranean and South Asian. As an added bonus, they’re inexpensive,” he added.
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