Lower Cholesterol with Beans

Eating ¾ cup of beans, lentils and other legumes daily may help you lower “bad” cholesterol levels and your risk for heart disease.

The study: Researchers looked at 26 studies that included a total of more than 1,000 people.

Findings: They found that one daily serving (3/4 cup) of legumes was linked to a reduction in LDL cholesterol by 5 percent and a potential 5 percent lower risk of heart disease.

Bottom Line: Beans are a good source of fiber and protein. “(Try) foods like hummus, lentil soup in the slow cooker, and adding beans to pasta dishes, soups, salads and quesadillas to work more into the daily diet.”

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About Deb Hart

Deb Hart is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For the last 28 years, she has been helping bariatric surgery patients reach their health and weight goals. She teaches people how to set up a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. Deb set up her own lifestyle to include lots of long walks with her furry family members, workout classes at her local wellness center, meal prepping, and finding new ways to enjoy foods without added sugar.
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