Review of 26 studies finds one serving per day tied to healthier arteries, especially in men.
Eating beans, lentils and other legumes may help you cut down on LDL “bad” cholesterol and lower your risk for heart disease, a new review suggests.
Canadian researchers examined 26 U.S. and Canadian studies that included a total of more than 1,000 people. Their analysis showed that one daily serving (3/4 cup) of legumes — foods such as beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas — was linked to a reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol by 5 percent. The study couldn’t confirm cause-and-effect, but did show a strong association.