PulsesThe British Heart Foundation reports that annual statin prescriptions in England soared from 295,000 to 52 million between 1981 and 2008 with around seven million people in the UK now taking prescribed statins.

However, there are natural alternatives. According to researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, just eating one helping of pulses a day — like beans, lentils and chickpeas — is all you need to do to keep your cholesterol levels in check.

Just 130g of pulses ‘significantly’ reduce levels of LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol which equals around a five to six per cent reduction in the risk for cardiovascular disease.

Even better news is that these versatile, tasty and healthy foods are inexpensive, too!

Obviously you would not stop any medication without speaking to your doctor first…