Researchers investigating human cholesterol levels at Pennsylvania State University found that when pistachios accounted for 10 to 20 percent of study participants’ daily energy intake, the participants’ LDL levels were 12 percent lower than those in people who ate no pistachios at all. Researchers believe that the lipid-lowering effect of the nuts is due not only to their fatty acid content but may also be attributed to high levels of fiber and phytosterols. To garner similar benefits, start experimenting more regularly with pistachios in your recipes or snack on them by the handful (unsalted, of course) but don’t eat too many.
Strawberries with Pistachio Cream
This nourishing dessert pairs red strawberries with pale green, luscious pistachio cream. It's also delicious with almond, hazelnut, or macadamia nut cream; follow the same recipe, just use different nuts. You can also try fresh blueberries or a mixture of berries on top. Make sure to use raw (not roasted) pistachios for a greener, fresher-tasting cream.