Pulse Your Way to Lower LDL

25 Apr

Pulse Your Way to Lower LDL

A new study out in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that eating 1 serving of pulses each day can lower LDL (bad cholesterol) levels by as much as 5%.

Good news for bad cholesterol…but what’s a pulse?

A pulse is simply a legume, including dried peas and beans such as:

  • Pinto beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Navy beans
  • Lentils

A one-half cup serving of pulses can have between 5-9 grams of fiber, depending on the legume.

You can always soak and prepare your own pulses at home – but most people find that canned options are more convenient for eating these high fiber, protein-packed pulses.

If you’re worried about sodium intake in canned foods, try rinsing your canned beans under a running faucet. This reduces sodium content by about 30%.

And if you REALLY like pulses, then get geared up for 2016. The United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses…an opportunity to “give pulses the attention they deserve.”

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