I think it’s fairly well known that walnuts provide some heart health benefits, but were you aware pistachio’s can be a good choice as well?
Pistachios are a good source of many nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of pistachios provides:
Pistachios are also a good source of copper, manganese, vitamin B6, thiamin, magnesium, and phosphorous. They also provide lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids associated with a lower risk of age-related macular degeneration.
But, how do pistachios positively impact cholesterol and heart health?
The high levels of antioxidants, phytosterols, and unsaturated fats found in pistachios all contribute to heart health benefits, as well as the fiber, potassium, and other nutrients the nut provides.
Oxidative stress plays a key role in the development of heart disease, which is why a diet high in antioxidants is essential. Pistachios contain 10 different antioxidants, each providing a unique health benefit.
Phytosterols, also known as plant sterols, have been shown to significantly lower LDL cholesterol in several different studies. Researchers believe this may be because phytosterols have a similar structure to cholesterol which means phytosterols may “compete” with cholesterol for absorption, which leads to lower levels of cholesterol being absorbed by the body.
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD