Legumes (Beans) for a Healthy Heart

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 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

Herbed Fava Beans with Pasta
Perfect for your spring barbecue, pair with hot dogs or hamburgers.

Warm Chicken and Butter Bean Salad
This quick and easy salad can be whipped up in 30 minutes for a light lunch or dinner.

Herbed Bulgur-Lentil Pilaf
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.

Blackened Tilapia with Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Another quick 30 minute fix, the black-eyed peas compliment paprika and cumin-rubbed tilapia.

Turmeric Roasted Chickpea and Lentil Salad
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.

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