Sunday, December 16, 2007

Lower Your Cholesterol with Beans

Pinto Beans
Originally uploaded by Wade From Oklahoma
According to findings published in the November issue of the Journal of Nutrition, eating as little as one half cup of beans per day can help lower your total cholesterol. These results confirm earlier studies that said eating beans lowers cholesterol, but the more research will need to be done to explain why this happens.

For three months, eighty volunteers were randomly split in to two groups. One group added one half cup of pinto beans to their diet while the other group added chicken soup instead. Measurements after the three months showed that the volunteers who ate the beans had lower cholesterol levels, regardless if they had healthy or poor cholesterol levels before.

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