Eat a handful or two of pistachios and protect your heart. Pistachios have more heart-helping punch than any other nut, thanks to their high levels of cholesterol-absorbing phytoesterols, new research reveals. Proof of their power comes from a Penn State study. People who snacked on one or two handfuls daily for a month saw their levels of bad LDL cholestrol drop by 12 points. And, the green nut raises levels of good HDL cholesterol. According to another study, University of Texas, pistachios may reduce lung cancer. Credit goes to its high vitamin E content which is a cancer fighter. If you enjoy wild or brown rice, serve with chopped orange slices and some shelled pistachios.
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