Friday, December 9, 2011

Pistachio Nuts

Pistachios are a great choice if you're needing a healthy little snack. Not only do pistachios provide an ample amount of antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals, these nuts also help lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL). Pistachios have a couple antioxidants that other nuts don't, calledcarotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin which act as protective antioxidants. These antioxidants have been shown to reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.

A serving of pistachios is about 49 nuts which has 170 calories. Make sure you get the shelled pistachios because you are less likely to over-eat.

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