Pistachios Love a Healthy Heart

Thanks to a recent study at Penn State, pistachios just got healthier.
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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.