Legumes for Heart Health

Beans, beans are good for your heart—and so are peas and lentils! A new study concluded that beans, peas and lentils can help lower your risk of heart disease. Here are some delightful legume-filled dishes to include in your healthy eating plan
479354181

479354181

different kinds of lentils in wooden spoons

Beans, beans are good for your heart—and so are peas and lentils! A new study concluded that beans, peas and lentils can help lower your risk of heart disease. Here are some delightful legume-filled dishes to include in your healthy eating plan. The Study

The report, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, reviewed 26 studies to determine the relationship between eating legumes (beans, peas, and lentils) and the risk of heart disease. The data revealed that eating about 1 serving of legumes per day helped significantly lower LDL “bad” cholesterol.

5 Ways to Love Legumes

Perfect for your spring barbecue, pair with hot dogs or hamburgers.

This quick and easy salad can be whipped up in 30 minutes for a light lunch or dinner.

Ellie packed this side with 11 grams of heart healthy fiber. Make it for dinner, and wrap leftovers in a whole wheat tortilla to take to work the next day.

Another quick 30 minute fix, the black-eyed peas compliment paprika and cumin-rubbed tilapia.

This Mediterranean-flavored side contains a double dose of legumes for your healthy heart pleasure.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.

Next Up

Does Protein Impact Heart Health?

Get to the heart of eating high-protein foods.

Reading List: Improving Heart Health & Dirty Bagged Greens

In this week’s nutrition news: Kicking off Heart Healthy Month, understanding good-for-you fats and how the Super Bowl can bring on a heart attack.

Katie’s Healthy Bites: Beans, Beans, Good for Your Heart

Beans might get a bad rap, but they’re extremely good for you! An excellent source of complex carbs, protein and fiber, they’re also chock full of vitamins and minerals (calcium, potassium, B6 and folate to name a few). Here are some good summer recipes featuring white beans.

Deciphering Health Studies

Reports on health studies appear on the news regularly, but the information is often misleading or very confusing. How can you know what to believe?

Soy and Your Health

Discover the benefits and controversies surrounding soy.

Heart-Healthy Living

Eight easy steps for better health

Heart-Healthy Meals

To honor American Heart Month, our friends at Foodnetwork.com are dishing out recipes that are low in cholesterol but high in flavor. Check out their favorites -- plus, see which seven foods can help lower cholesterol and eight simple steps for better heart health.

Anti-Diet Isn't Anti-Health

This way of eating doesn’t mean an endless supply of doughnuts, cupcakes and French fries.

Health Benefits of Thanksgiving Foods

Here’s a little something to make you feel better about all the eating that comes along with the Thanksgiving meal! A whole bunch of those holiday staples have serious health benefits.

The Health Benefits of Juicing

Do the health benefits of juicing live up to the hype? Find out.

Related Pages