Health news: Eat pistachio nuts to lower cholesterol and risk of heart disease

Snacking on pistachio nuts twice a day can lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, according to new research.

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University compared cholesterol levels of three groups - volunteers who snacked on the nuts twice a day, those who ate them once a day, and those who had none. All three followed a healthy low-fat diet.

The results, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed levels of low-density lipoprotein - the 'bad' type of cholesterol - dropped by 11.6 per cent after a few weeks in those eating two portions of pistachios a day. Among those on one portion a day, LDL cholesterol levels dropped by 3per cent, but there was little change in the control group.

Nuts are thought to reduce the risk of a range of illnesses because they are high in antioxidants.

Source - Daily Mail

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