If you are trying to find healthy snacks for your diet, consider adding pistachios to your list. New findings on pistachio consumption have increased the potential benefits for this wonderful nut.
A Pennsylvania State University study published in the American Heart Association Journal reveals that regular consumption of pistachios may help reduce blood pressure and biological response to everyday stress. Previous research suggested that including pistachios in a healthy diet lowers LDL cholesterol and increases antioxidants in the blood.
Adults with elevated cholesterol were enrolled in a randomized, controlled clinical trial comparing diets containing pistachios to a low fat diet. The results show that a healthy diet supplemented with pistachios helps decrease systolic blood pressure, peripheral vascular resistance and heart rate during acute stress. Cardiovascular responses were measured while participants engaged in a challenging mental arithmetic test and again as they immersed their foot in cold water.
Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free and sodium-free snack that contains just 1.5 grams of saturated fat and 13 grams of fat per serving. A one-ounce serving of pistachios equals 49 nuts, which is more nuts per serving than any other snack nut. One serving has as much potassium (290mg, 8 percent) as an orange (250 mg, 7 percent) and 3 g of fiber making it a nutritious snack choice or ingredient to incorporate into daily diets.