|Posted on February 18, 2018 at 7:10 AM|
A recent study showed that when you eat plant protein instead of animal protein cholesterol levels go down.
Researchers looked at more than 100 papers that studied what happens when you add plant-based protein, e.g. beans, lentils, soy, grains, etc., to the diet, and, at the same time, you limit or eliminate animal-based protein, e.g. chicken, fish, eggs, diary, etc. They found that cholesterol levels drop almost 7% in as little as 4 weeks.
In fact, eating plant-based protein instead of animal-based protein was as effective as the stain drug, lovastatin, for lowering LDL cholesterol. Instead of poisoning your liver and breaking down your muscles with statins, you can add more beans and lentils to your diet with better overall results. You'll clean out your liver and build up your muscles. What a trade!
If cholesterol levels could drop 7% in 4 weeks, imagine what the change would be over a lifetime.
In the study, folks who ate plant sources of protein also lived longer and were less likely to develop heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Along with lowering cholesterol, beans and lentils reduce blood sugar and make you skinnier.
It's not difficult to add plant-protein to your diet. Little by little, substitute beans, lentils, soy, and grains for the meat and dairy in your diet. It doesn't have to happen overnight. Try this lime and cilantro black bean recipe, crockpot bean chili, or this tasty chicken-less sandwich.