Non-soy legume consumption lowers cholesterol levels: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

​A healthy cholesterol number is associated with frequent consumption of non-soy legumes.

This study was carried out to determine the effect of high dietary ingestion of non-soy legumes on plasma levels of cholesterol. Data obtained from 10 randomized clinical trials that studied more than 268 subjects were reviewed in this meta-analysis.

Researchers discovered that generous intake of non-soy legumes lowered the amounts of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) and total cholesterol floating in the blood. The findings of this study indicate that diets high in non-soy legumes may help to maintain plasma levels of cholesterol with the healthy range.

Research Summary Information

  • 2011
  • Bazzano LA, Thompson AM, Tees MT, Nguyen CH, Winham DM.
  • Department of Epidemiology, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA, USA. lbazzano@tulane.edu
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  • No source of funding disclosure found
  • No potential conflicts disclosure found
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  1. Sue Desjardins

It is great to learn that other legumes, apart from soy beans, appear to be just as beneficial for lowering cholesterol levels. I personally consume only small amounts of soy beans, and try to limit processed soy products including tofu, as my body doesn't tolerate it well. However, I do enjoy and consume all other legumes daily with no issues.

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  1. Sean Carney

Legumes were the one food that all of the blue zones had in common.

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