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For Cholesterol Control, Try Healthy Hummus

It not only tastes good—hummus is good for lowering cholesterol!

There's a certain bean that may have cholesterol-lowering powers. Where can you get it? Try a creamy side of hummus. 

Research shows that chickpeas, the luscious legume that's pureed for hummus dips, could go a long way toward improving your cholesterol profile. 

Gaga for garbanzos 
In a small study, people who ate roughly 25 ounces of chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) per week for 12 weeks showed an improvement in their total cholesterol levels compared with when they ate a chickpea-free diet for 4 weeks. And that's not all: Their insulin levels also improved, and they lost a small amount of weight—without dieting or exercising. All good reasons to fall in love with this legume! 

Pass the chickpeas, please 
Researchers think the fiber, protein and polyunsaturated fatty acids in chickpeas should probably get the credit for the cholesterol improvements. Chickpeas are also a great source of vitamins, minerals and phytoestrogens.  

Medically reviewed in April 2019. Updated in March 2021. 

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