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One Serving Pulses A Day Reduces Bad Cholesterol: Study

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If you want to reduce bad cholesterol naturally, researchers suggest to eat more beans, peas, lentils or chickpeas. In a latest study led by Dr John Sievenpiper it is found eating just one serving a day could lower the LDL by about 5 percent.
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Dr Sievenpiper is from St. Michael’s Hospital’s Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre and he says if bad cholesterol is lowered, the risk of cardiovascular disease is also reduced by about 5 to 6 percent.

The new study is published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and it writes pulses have low glycemic index, which mean the food can break down easily. It helps in displacing or reducing the animal protein and also the bad fats like the trans fat in a meal or dish.

The researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to know the effects on reducing LDL cholesterol. More than 1,000 people participated in it and it was found those who ate one serving, which is three-fourth cup, of the non-oil-seed legumes a day showed 5 percent reduction in LDL.

The study also revealed in men the result was better than women. However, more research is needed in the field, said Dr Sievenpiper.

These non-oil-seed pulses have been already recommended as important part of dietary guidelines as it helps in preventing chronic diseases.

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