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Pistachios Lower Cholesterol

Not only are pistachios fun to eat, but new research has found that these little nuts can also lower the LDL (bad) levels of cholesterol in your body. You know what that means - you can reduce your risk for developing cardiovascular disease.

Eating just one or two handfuls (1.5 - 3 oz) of pistachios is all it takes. Researchers also found that these tasty nuts contain antioxidants normally found in dark leafy vegetables like kale. Pistachios also contain more beta carotene (vitamin A) than other nuts.

Reap the health benefits of pistachios by adding them into your diet. Eat them plain (shelling them has got to burn a few calories) or add them to muffins, granola, salads, or try making pesto made with pistachios (instead of pine nuts).

Interested in how pistachios compare nutritionally with other nuts? Check out this nut break down.

Fit's Tips: Look for the nuts with white shells, since the red ones are dyed and you don't need to be eating weird chemicals. Plus they stain your fingers all pink.


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Daisy6264 Daisy6264 8 years
Good to hear this.
aras8218 aras8218 8 years
I third the addictive part, before i know it i've torn up a whole bag.
SU3 SU3 8 years
i love pistachios! And I definitely have to agree... very addicting!
Sweet-Adeline Sweet-Adeline 8 years
Great news as I have a bag in my pantry!
Beaner Beaner 8 years
These are addictive!
earthylovingirl earthylovingirl 8 years
good stuff.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 8 years
Yummy. One of my mom's favorite munchies too!
scratch5 scratch5 8 years
i love pistachios. yea!!!
abbyk abbyk 8 years
me too! that is where self-control becomes an issue.
wiggy wiggy 8 years
i love pistachios!
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