Cholesterol-lowering black bean soup

Cholesterol-lowering black bean soup

Soup, like smoothies and juices are a great way of combining multiple healthy ingredients into one. This makes soups a very convenient food, and keeps the health benefits alive and potent. This cholesterol-lowering black bean soup is packed with the powerful benefits of legumes, herbs, and vegetables. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients in this soup.

Black beans:
Beans are great for cholesterol health. A new study from a team at the St. Michael’s Hospital shows that eating one serving a day of chickpeas, peas, beans or lentils can significantly reduce LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), which in turn can reduce the risk of heart disease.

Cilantro:
Cilantro is an amazing detoxifying herb, and may provide some cholesterol-lowering benefits as well. It has been shown in medical research to lower bad cholesterol levels, and raise levels of good cholesterol.

Tomatoes:
Tomatoes are well known in the medical and nutrition field for their high levels of a compound called lycopene. This potent compound is packed with health benefits, as has shown in studies to lower bad cholesterol in reasonable doses.

Directions:

Add 2 cans of black beans, 1 handful of cilantro, 1 cup of chicken broth, and 1 can of tomatoes to a pot, bring to a boil, and then  simmer for 10 minutes
Remove ingredients from a stove and process in a blender
Serve and garnish with more cilantro or green onions

Make sure ingredients are organic
Enjoy this cholesterol-lowering black bean soup!

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REFERENCES:
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