‚ÄčA healthy lipid profile and low cardiovascular disease risk are associated with frequent consumers of legumes.

Dyslipidemia is a condition in which abnormal amounts of lipids are present in the blood. This study evaluated the consumption of legumes in relation to the incidence of dyslipidemia in Iranian adults. Researchers collated and reviewed data on the rate of occurence of dyslipidemia and the legume consumption levels of more than 9,000 randomly selected Iranian adults.

Researchers found out that high intake of legumes reduced high blood levels of triglycerides and low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and raised low plasma concentrations of high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (good cholesterol). Data from this study indicate that increasing the frequency of consumption of legumes may help to improve blood lipid profile and diminish the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.