Legumes lower blood pressure and heart disease risk

Legumes lower blood pressure and heart disease risk

Eat more lentils, chickpeas and beans if you want a healthier heart.

The researchers split patients into two groups – one eating a cup or more of legumes daily and the other eating more whole wheat products. 

The researchers found that including 190g of legumes had a greater effect on reducing blood pressure blood glucose levels, heart rate and estimated heart disease risk than a high wheat fibre diet. 

“Legume consumption of approximately 190g per day seems to reduce coronary heart disease risk through a reduction in blood pressure”
University of South Australia lecturer in nutrition and food sciences Dr Alison Hill.

Study published on October 22, 2012 in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.  As reported in The Courier-Mail and adelaidenow.com.au on October 22, 2012.

Posted: Friday 2 August 2013