June 13, 2007
Pistachios Improve Blood Lipids

Need an excuse to eat pistachios?

DETROIT, June 11, 2007 -- Adding to a growing body of evidence, new research shows that a daily dose of pistachios may offer protective benefits against cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the Volume 26, Number 2 issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

The study, conducted by James N. Cooper M.D., of George Mason University and Michael J. Sheridan, Sc.D., of Inova Fairfax Hospital, found that in people with moderately high cholesterol levels, a daily diet consisting of 15% of calories from pistachios (about two to three ounces or one to two handfuls of kernels) over a four-week period favorably improved some blood lipid levels.

"These results are exciting because the research indicates that adding pistachios to the daily diet can help protect the heart without a dramatic dietary lifestyle change," said Dr. James Cooper. "This research challenges the previously-held belief that a low-fat diet is best for heart health. Studies now show that a diet with a moderate amount of healthful monounsaturated fat, like the kind found in pistachios, is a more effective way to prevent heart disease than reducing overall fat intake. What's more, we noted very good compliance and a positive response from participants during the four-week period."

Nuts are good.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2007 June 13 12:41 AM  Aging Diet Studies

Doug said at June 13, 2007 7:44 PM:

Walgreen's has a very tasty "Mediterranean Fruit and Nut Blend" that includes pistachios, along with walnuts, almonds, blueberries, apricots, cherries, dates, and one or two other ingredients. Apart from the topical connection to pistachios, I mention the product because it seems so well thought-out from the standpoint of healthy eating. Considering the ingredients, it must be loaded with anti-oxidants and unsaturated fats, omega-3 and omega-9 in particular. There's very little added salt. Importantly, there are no peanuts in the mixture, so omega-6 fats are minimized. My only critique of the product is that the dried fruits contain added sugar. Aside from that, it's pretty much fifty years of nutritional research in one little bag.

Ben Atkin said at June 13, 2007 10:33 PM:

I was eating from a tin of mixed nuts, containing pistachios, when I read this. Impeccible timing!

nutter said at June 16, 2007 12:34 PM:

So what are the best nuts to eat for Omega 9 & 3 vs. Omega 6?

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