“Beans, peas and lentils have tremendous potential for lowering cholesterol, fighting cardiovascular disease, managing insulin and protecting the gut,” said Peter Watts, chief innovation officer at the Canadian agri-food industry.
Results from clinical studies show that pulses can help control weight-related health problems, including type II diabetes and heart disease. Regular consumption of beans and other pulses can help lower serum triglycerides and cholesterol levels, two major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The study also links the consumption of pulses to better artery health and lower blood pressure.
Half a cup a day
Several studies conducted by the Canadian Center for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine have shown that the regular consumption of legumes (lentils, chickpeas, yellow peas, small beans) helps fight obesity insofar as these legumes provide a feeling of satiety … thus contributing to the fight against overweight
The results obtained show that the regular consumption of legumes increases the intake of fiber, folic acid, vitamin C, iron, zinc, potassium and protein. Half a cup of blended pulses per day for eight weeks reduced the cholesterol levels and body mass index of the participants. Diabetics could also benefit from the consumption of legumes because of their low glycemic index and their contribution to the regulation of insulin levels.
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