Consuming a large amount of dried beans, peas and lentils might stave off metabolic syndrome.Data on overweight and obese participants show that those who underwent a dried-bean diet of five cups of pulses including yellow peas, chickpeas, navy beans and lentils attained reduction in markers of metabolic syndrome similar to that of those who underwent a low-calorie diet.

They found men and women who ate five cups per week for eight weeks reduced the metabolic measurements as effectively as dietary consulting.