Chick Peas Reduce Cholesterol … A Lot

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:


3 thoughts on “Chick Peas Reduce Cholesterol … A Lot

  1. anrosh

    may be we should eat non irradiated ones ! I just googled and found a paper
    But then if the genotypes are changed , does the title of the post still hold true ?

    I havent read the papers thoroughly, but my question is shouldn’t the chemistry chaps a.k.a the scientists be more concerned with preserving the quality of the soil, than finding out how cheaper the chickpeas can be grown and how long can it be preserved, even when the composition of the chickpea be 100 % compromised than what it “originally” should be – AS IT WAS before man before playing with the genotyping and altering it to suit the economics .

    Just my 2 cents .


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