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Stock Up On Legumes to Lower LDL Cholesterol

Lower LDL Cholesterol

According to a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials, it was discovered that a diet which is richer in legumes can lower the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. It was found that people who consume at least 130 grams a day of pulses, such as beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas, had lower LDL cholesterol levels. These results were compared to people on controlled diets and found that even they had higher LDL density as compared to people who included legume in their diets regularly.

Lower LDL Cholesterol

John L. Sievenpiper, MD, PhD, of the University of Toronto in Canada, and his co-authors stated that the conclusions were “equivalent to a reduction of about 5% from baseline. This is important especially for patients with hypercholesterolemia who prefer dietary approaches to managing their cholesterol levels, or for those who cannot tolerate statin therapies,” wrote Sievenpiper and his colleagues. Researchers have, as of now, found no effect on apolipoprotein B and non-high-density lipoprotein (non-HDL) cholesterol.

The research revolved around twenty-six randomized controlled trials, with each conducted over a period of three weeks. The study was conducted by having a certain section consuming a high pulse diet and the other half consume an isocaloric diet which leaves out pulses. The study involved people who were healthy and those who had abnormally elevated levels of any or all lipids and/or lipoproteins in the bloodstream. The larger part of the participants was middle-aged.

The study was not solely conducted to figure out the connection between legumes and lower LDL cholesterol levels but also weight loss. There were a wide variety of pulses that were studied with the most common of them being beans. The beans were sometimes administered as whole foods and sometimes presented as flour. Men seemed to have responded better to these diets as compared to women because as is they follow poorer dietary habits from women. Therefore it makes it easier for them to respond to good diets.

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