Why beans might help you and your cholesterol

Here's a new reason to eat your beans, a new study links them with lower cholesterol.

A team of researchers pooled data from 26 studies that included more than 1,000 people. They found that eating at least one serving of beans, chickpeas, lentils or peas a day was associated with a slightly lowered level of LDL, the "bad" cholesterol.

The effect was more pronounced in men than women.

One serving is about three-fourths of a cup.

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