Healthy Nuts: Pistachio s can help lower cholesterol

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Date: November 17, 2007 10:49 AM
Subject: Healthy Nuts: Pistachios can help lower cholesterol

Pistachios has been consumed for over 9000 years, the pistachio tree can bear nuts for centuries. Originating in Western Asia and Asia Minor, pistachios were introduced to the United States in the 1854 by Charles Mason. Pistachios are used in a number of food applications from bakery goods to ice cream and dressings. Pistachios are a great source of potassium, copper, magnesium, fiber, calcium and Iron.

The FDA has approved a health claim with pistachios, when eating 1.5 ounces per day, pistachios can lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Pistachios are a rich source of protein and an excellent antioxidant in the form of polyphenols. Eating 1 ounce of pistachios gives you more polyphenols than one cup of green tea.

A recent study by Penn State University suggested that pistachios can lower cholesterol when eaten on a regular basis.

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