Are Beans Bad for High Cholesterol? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Beans are good for high cholesterol. Because they have soluble fiber, plant sterols, and vegetable protein and they can lower LDL cholesterol and prevent blood sugar spikes.

High cholesterol is a condition that affects your blood vessels and heart.

In high cholesterol, your body produces too much of a waxy substance called cholesterol, which can build up in your arteries and form plaques.

This can lead to various health problems, such as heart attack, stroke, angina, and peripheral artery disease.

One of the key factors in managing high cholesterol is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood cholesterol levels, which can impact your high cholesterol symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage high cholesterol, you should consume fiber-rich foods like oats, barley, and fruits and avoid saturated and trans fat-rich foods like butter, lard, and junk food.

Now, beans are legumes that come in different varieties, such as black, kidney, pinto, and chickpeas.

People usually eat beans as part of salads, soups, stews, or dips.

Beans are good for high cholesterol because they contain soluble fiber, plant sterols, and vegetable protein.

Soluble fiber binds cholesterol and its precursors in the digestive system and drags them out of the body before they get into circulation.

Plant sterols are chemically similar to cholesterol and block its absorption from the gut.

Vegetable protein can lower LDL cholesterol by replacing animal protein sources that are high in saturated fat.

One cup of cooked beans can give you about 15 grams of fiber (60% of your daily needs), 0.1 grams of plant sterols (5% of your daily needs), and 15 grams of protein (30% of your daily needs).

Soluble fiber can lower LDL cholesterol by reducing its production in the liver and increasing its clearance from the blood.

Plant sterols can lower LDL cholesterol by competing with it for absorption in the gut.

Vegetable protein can lower LDL cholesterol by altering the metabolism of bile acids and cholesterol in the liver.

Furthermore, beans are a low glycemic index food and low glycemic index foods are good for high cholesterol.

Because, they do not cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels, which can increase the risk of diabetesDiabetes Haemorrhoids (piles) are enlarged blood vessels that you can get inside or around your anus (the opening of your bottom). It's completely normal to have blood vessels in your anus, as they play an important role in continence. But piles can develop if these blood vessels become enlarged, which can cause symptoms. and heart disease.

You can eat one to two cups of beans per day safely.

More than that can cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea.

Also, you shouldn’t eat beans if you have gout or kidney stones to prevent uric acid buildup.

Because, beans are high in purines, which can increase uric acid levels in the blood.

You can buy fresh beans in your local market or can order them online.

Always choose beans that are firm, dry, and free of cracks or insects.

Because, they will have better quality and shelf life.

You can store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to a year.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing high cholesterol effectively.

I always recommend my high cholesterol patients to follow a cholesterol-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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