Various heart diseases are the leading cause of both morbidity (disease) and mortality (death) in the world. An increased risk of heart disease is associated with high cholesterol levels, especially “bad” LDL cholesterol
High triglycerides and low “good” HDL cholesterol are also associated with increased risk. Cholesterol levels and other risk factors are affected greatly by your diet.
1Here are 10 foods that can reduce cholesterol and improve other heart disease risk factors
Beans, peas, and lentils are legumes, also known as pulses. Fiber, minerals, and protein are abundant in legumes. It is possible to lower your heart disease risk by substituting legumes for some refined grains and processed meats in your diet.
Compared to not eating legumes, eating 1/2 cup (100 grams) of legumes a day lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol by an average of 6.6 mg/dl, according to a review of 26 randomized controlled studies