Eating Beans Lowers Risk Of Heart Disease

Those who eat beans may be at a lesser risk of heart disease than those who do not, according to research conducted at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, noted that beans, peas or lentils can significantly reduce "bad cholesterol" and therefore the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Researchers analyzed over 3,000 previous studies and found that a single serving of pulses daily might reduce LDL cholesterol by 5 percent.

"We have a lot of room in our diets for increasing our pulse intake to derive the cardiovascular benefits," said lead author John Sievenpiper. "Pulses already play a role in many traditional cuisines, including Mediterranean and South Asian. As an added bonus, they're inexpensive."

Pulses are rich in complex carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, iron, zinc, phosporus as well as other minerals and vitamins.

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