Dr. Greger: “Legumes such as lentils, chickpeas, beans and split peas may reduce cholesterol so much that consumers may be able to get off their cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.”
Here’s the study he cited in the video:
Hypocholesterolaemic Effect Of Bengal Gram: A Long-Term Study In Man, British Medical Journal, January 1968
Bengal gram are chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, the bean traditionally used for making hummus.
Subjects were put on a high-fat diet (by eating 156 grams of butter fat a day) which drove their cholesterol up from about 120 mg/dl (when they were eating a low-fat diet, which speaks volumes about the benefits of a low-fat diet) to over 200 mg/dl. To that high-fat diet they added chickpeas (actually substituted them for other cereals to keep calories constant). Look what it did to their cholesterol. From 200 to 160, and kept it there: