Beans and Cholesterol

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

If youre one of the estimated 17 percent of adult Americans with high cholesterol, you should know what foods help to lower your cholesterol. Dr. Edward Hill discusses one food that may help your cholesterol levels in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

If youre concerned by your cholesterol readings, eating as little as a half-cup of cooked dry beans every day may help reduce your total cholesterol level, according to government researchers.

Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Cancer Institute recommend that adults get 25 to 30 grams of fiber each day.

A recent long-term diet experiment demonstrated the power of beans, Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture tested two groups of volunteers. Half were healthy and half had some risk of heart disease, such as high blood pressure or high triglyceride levels. The group was randomly divided in half. For 12 weeks one group ate half-cup of pinto beans along with regular meals; the rest of the volunteers ate chicken soup instead of beans with their meals.

At the end of the study, all of the volunteers who ate beans had a reduction in their cholesterol levels. Scientists will have to do more research to pinpoint exactly how beans affect a persons cholesterol levels.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.