Effect of Peas on Serum Cholesterol Levels in Humans
09T09:37:32Z September 2015
Fifty male and six female free living volunteers were paired in two groups based on similar total cholesterol levels. Each individual in one group ate 30 g of freeze dried peas daily over the period February 8 to March 22 while the corresponding individuals in the control group ate an isocaloric quantity of cornflakes daily. Serum cholesterol levels and high density lipoprotein fractions (HDL cholesterol) were measured at two-weekly intervals during the experiment and the pea group had consistently lower total cholesterol values (significantly different on two of the testing dates) than the cornflake group. HDL cholesterol values were consistently higher for the pea group and the effect was significant at the six-week testing date. The effects on cholesterol and HDL cholesterol were still significant two weeks after cessation of the supplement but not after seven weeks. The results of this experiment could have application in the context of long term modification of dietary patterns in relation to heart disease risk both in a general community sense and also in hyperlipidaemic subjects.
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An Foras Talúntais
Irish Journal of Food Science and Technology
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