In traditional Chinese medicine, there are (according to some) 29 pulses that indicate different states of health or unhealthiness. The normal, healthy pulse is calm, steady, smooth and soft — but not too soft — and helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.
The same can be said for a type of legume called pulses — that is, beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils. They're smooth and soft — but not too soft — and are good for your heart and circulatory system.
As a bonus, they're so loaded with fiber and protein that they even can help you eat less because they increase your feeling of fullness by 31 percent. That can help you lose weight.
No wonder the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses.
According to a study in “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” if you eat a 3/4 cup of pulses each day, even if you don't intentionally restrict your calorie intake, you'll shed a half a pound in six weeks.
While that may seem minor, over a year or two you'll see great benefits without much effort.
And according to another study, you can lower your bad LDL cholesterol 5 percent with a daily serving.
So for a younger you, make some chickpea hummus; concoct a three-bean chili; stew some black beans with grilled chicken chunks and a dash of cumin and cinnamon; and add beans to soups, whole-wheat pastas, and chicken casseroles.
Your pulse will beat strong, smooth and steady.
Posts by Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D.
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