Thursday, May 20, 2010
Pistachios and Heart Health
Research conducted at The Pennsylvania State University indicates that a serving of pistachios reduces LDL cholesterol. I am sure we have all read about the heart health benefits of consuming nuts in general so this isn’t too surprisingly. However, according to the abstract, the study “adds to a growing body of science supporting the health benefits, and the heart benefits in particular, of increased consumption of nuts, such as almonds, macadamia, and walnuts. However, pistachios have one of the highest antioxidant capacities of all nuts and contain more b-carotene, g-tocopherol and lutein - an antioxidant also found in dark green leafy vegetables. “
Pistachios aren’t something that we eat often. However, I did not realize that they had one of the highest level of antioxidants of all nuts. Now that I do you can expect to see more recipes including pistachios. I may have to make a pistachio nut cheese very soon.
I hope you are having a great day. I need to spend some time catching up on my nutrition reading. Since I am about a week behind there may be a few more nutrition posts today. Talk to you all soon.