A daily dose of legumes lowers LDL cholesterol in the blood, and therefore probably the risk of cardiovascular disease. North American scientists present that Monday in the scientific journal Canadian Medical Association Journal.
They did a meta-study in which 26 studies with a total of 1,037 subjects were combined. The analysis shows that a daily dose of 180 grams of legumes lowers LDL cholesterol by 5 percent. LDL cholesterol is also known as ‘bad cholesterol’, and the researchers think that this decrease also means a 5 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
The scientists state that there is now evidence for prescribing legumes such as lentils, peas and chickpeas. These vegetables were already recommended, but according to them without too many reasons.