Heart disease is the world’s leading cause of death.
Having high cholesterol levels — especially “bad” LDL — is linked to an increased risk of heart disease .
Low “good” HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides are also linked to increased risk .
Your diet has a powerful effect on your cholesterol and other risk factors.
Here are 13 foods that can lower cholesterol and improve other risk factors for heart disease.
Legumes, also known as pulses, are a group of plant foods that includes beans, peas and lentils.
Legumes contain a lot of fiber, minerals and protein. Replacing some refined grains and processed meats in your diet with legumes can lower your risk of heart disease.
A review of 26 randomized controlled studies showed that eating a 1/2 cup (100 grams) of legumes per day is effective at lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol by an average of 6.6 mg/dl, compared to not eating legumes .
Other studies link pulses to weight loss — even in diets that do not restrict calories .
Number 5 is the most important!