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.”