A new systematic review and meta-analysis in CMAJ finds that one daily serving of dietary pulse appears to lower your LDL cholesterol levels by about five percent. That’s noteworthy because current public health guidelines don’t encourage using legumes as an LDL-reducer.
“There are no current recommendations for dietary pulse consumption on its own as a way to benefit cholesterol levels,” study author Vanessa Ha, a research coordinator at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, told SELF.
Even cooler: Ha and her team members say that while dietary pulse’s 5% effect is nothing to shake a stick at, it may turn out that combining dietary pulse with other heart-healthy foods could be even more powerful.
“A researcher in our lab did a study looking at different foods that lower cholesterol levels, such as foods high in soluble fiber, plant protein, nuts and soy, and found that each food lowers LDL cholesterol by about five percent, but combining them all into your dietary portfolio could have an even greater effect,” Ha says.
Translation: Chickpeas are awesome (and tasty), and they’re even better when you combine them with other heart-healthy stuff.
Do you have beans in your pantry right now?
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