6 Reasons Why 2016 is the International Year of Pulses

3. Low in Cholesterol and Sodium

Do you suffer from type II diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure? Well, the good news is that pulses can be an ally as far as chronic disease maintenance and prevention. Research from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, link a diet rich in pulse foods (i.e., beans, dry peas, lentils, and chickpeas) to significantly lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and better glucose control.

In fact, the same study finds that individuals who consume just a serving of pulse foods daily cut their risk of bad cholesterol by about 5-percent within 6-weeks, and lower their overall chances of developing cardiovascular disease.


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