Pulses could protect your heart

Researchers from Canada and the US have found that one serving of pulses (beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas) per day can significantly reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is ‘bad’ cholesterol as it collects in the walls of blood vessels causing blockages and increasing the risk of heart attack.

The researchers reviewed 26 trials that included over 1,000 people and despite variation between studies, found a 5% reduction in LDL cholesterol in people who ate one serving of pulses each day. One serving equates to approximately 6 dessertspoons of peas, beans (includes baked beans) or lentils.

Pulses aren’t just for vegetarians, they are a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals and fibre for everyone. They are also low in fat and inexpensive. Adding beans, chickpeas or lentils to your meals will make the ingredients go further and create a more filling and nutritious meal. For ideas of how to incorporate pulses into your meals visit the recipe hub on the safefood website.

Posted: 10/04/2014 09:49:19 by Laura Keaver


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