Do you include chickpeas, lentils or peas in your daily diet? If not, you may want to reconsider.
The Canadian Medial Association Journal suggests, “Daily consumption of non-oil-seed legumes can significantly reduce ‘bad cholesterol’ and cut the risk of heart disease.” The Huffington Post also reports, in 26 randomized-controlled studies of 1,037 people, researchers found LDL cholesterol levels decreased by 5 percent in those who consumed one daily serving of legumes. This change in cholesterol was seen after six weeks. A 5 percent reduction in LDL cholesterol can suggest a lower risk of heart disease according to research presented in HealthDay.
In general, researchers are finding legume consumption can prove beneficial to health. If lentils or peas are not part of your daily diet, consider adding a handful to your next salad or soup. Peas can also make a great side dish for dinner. Eat up!
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