To reduce blood cholesterol by about 10% in three or four weeks, you need to consume from 3 to 10 grams of soluble fibre daily. To give you a general idea, each of the following foods will provide you with 3 grams of soluble fibre:
- 250 ml (1 cup) cooked oatmeal
- 80 ml (1/3 cup) All-Bran Buds™ cereal with psyllium fibre
- 5 ml (1 teaspoon) psyllium powder (sold in natural food stores)
- 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) chickpeas
As you can see, a single split pea will add a negligible amount of soluble fibre to your diet.