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Eating One Serving Of Pulses Every Day Helps With Weight Loss And Cholesterol - Study

  • Mary Nichols , Design & Trend Contributor
  • Mar, 31, 2016, 07:17 AM
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(Photo : Getty Images/MAHMUD HAMS) While many already include pulses in their diets - a new study now suggests that they can help people to keep the pounds off.

While many already include pulses in their diets - a new study now suggests that they can help people to keep the pounds off.

According to a new study, consuming one serving of pulses per day - equal to about three-quarters of a cupful - of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils was shown to aid in weight loss attempts by making people feel fuller and by leading to a reduction in "bad cholesterol levels", writes The Independent

The study found that almost 1,000 adult men and women that participated in the study lost an average of almost a pound each week over the six week period -- by adding one serving of beans or other pulses to their daily food intake.

The study also found that these weight loss effects occurred with little individual effort to curb the intake of other foods.

Lead author Dr. Russell de Souza, a researcher with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada, said in a statement: "Despite their known health benefits, only 13 per cent of Canadians eat pulses on any given day and most do not eat the full serving. So there is room for most of us to incorporate dietary pulses in our diet and realize potential weight management benefits."

The new study builds on prior evidence from the hospital, which suggested that when people ate a daily serving of pulses they felt fuller compared to how they felt when following a control diet.

Eating pulses has also been shown to significantly reduce LDL, or "bad", cholesterol. It is termed "bad" due to being a contributing factor in the development of plaque - a hard deposit that generally clogs arteries and lessens their flexibility.

According to Dr. de Souza, 90 per cent of weight loss interventions fail - leading to patients regaining weight. He believes that hunger and cravings for food could be partly responsible for relapses.

"This new study fits well with our previous work, which found that pulses increased the feeling of fullness by 31 per cent, which may indeed result in less food intake," Dr. de Souza said.

"Though the weight loss was small, our findings suggest that simply including pulses in your diet may help you lose weight, and we think more importantly, prevent you from gaining it back after you lose it," he added.

The study was published in the journal The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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