Melty Cheese, Squash and Chickpea Delight

In a study published in the December 2006 Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 47 adults participated in one of two eating plans (5 weeks duration) that provided the calories sufficient to maintain their current weight, one plan supplemented with equal calories of cooked chickpeas, and the other with cooked wheat.

The chickpea-supplemented diet resulted in a significantly higher drop in total cholesterol, which was largely due to a 4.6% drop in LDL “bad” cholesterol.  Beans do us good.  Eat more of them!

Calcium and Heart Disease?

The British Medical Journal reported on July 29 that calcium supplements, normally taken to decrease the risk of fracture, may also increase the risk of heart disease.

This is not (as some have suggested) an attack on natural medicine by the so-called “medical establishment.” This is actually good, solid research. With, however, a big asterisk attached to it. Let me explain.