Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart. I’ll spare you the rest of that classic school-yard rhyme about beans. Besides, if you were ever a kid I’m sure you know it anyway. (And if you happen to have spent a year as a 10-year-old boy, you’ve no doubt recited it a few times yourself.)
In fact, if you dive into a daily serving of beans—or any legumes for that matter, including peas and lentils—you could significantly lower your heart disease risk, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Now, we already knew beans… not to mention all fruits and vegetables… are good for our health, and can help ward off disease. That’s why I encourage you to load up on lots of them every day. But after carefully examining the data for 26 randomized controlled trials, researchers were able to specifically pinpoint the cholesterol-lowering benefits of beans.
It turns out eating just three quarters of a cup of legumes a day produced a 5 percent drop in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the bean eaters. I do believe that might be the easiest, and tastiest, bit of cholesterol-control I’ve ever run across.
And, of course, the benefits of beans worked their heart-helping magic without a single statin side effect in sight.