heart healthy pistachios

Heart Healthy Pistachios (Why You Should Eat MORE!)

by Kelley Herring on December 6, 2012

Do you love pistachios? Don’t feel guilty!

Despite their previous label as a indulgent snack food with little health value, they’re actually nuggets of pure nutrition and heart healthy too.

Boost HDL and Antioxidants with Heart Healthy Pistachios

A study published in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases examined the effects of pistachios on cholesterol levels and oxidative stress of 44 healthy participants.

For the first week of the study, participants ate their regular diet. Then half of the participants substituted pistachios for 20% of their total daily calories for a 3 week period. After 3 weeks, the pistachio-noshing participants enjoyed a significant decrease in their total cholesterol as well as a significant increase in their “good” HDL cholesterol and antioxidant potential (AOP).

Pistachios are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, and also help to lower blood sugar levels, which are partly to credit for their benefits.

Boost your protective cholesterol by enjoying heart healthy pistachios as a snack and adding these delicious nuts to your favorite recipes.

About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

Kelley Herring – who has written posts on Healing Gourmet.

Kocyigit A, Koylu AA, Keles H.Effects of pistachio nuts consumption on plasma lipid profile and oxidative status in healthy volunteers.Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2006 Apr;16(3):202-9. Epub 2006 Feb 9

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