EAT­ING PIS­TA­CHIOS CAN BOOST HEALTH

HOW NUTS CAN RAISE AN­TIOX­I­DANT LEV­ELS

Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - NEWS BITES -

Pis­ta­chio nuts have a mul­ti­tude of health ben­e­fits, ac­cord­ing to US re­searchers, in­clud­ing in­creas­ing the lev­els of an­tiox­i­dants in the blood of adults with high choles­terol lev­els.

Re­searchers con­ducted a con­trolled feed­ing ex­per­i­ment to test the ef­fects of pis­ta­chios on an­tiox­i­dant lev­els, plac­ing par­tic­i­pants on one of three di­ets.

All three di­ets were vari­a­tions on a choles­terol-low­er­ing diet, with just two in­clud­ing pis­ta­chios.

Study par­tic­i­pants on the pis­ta­chio di­ets pro­duced higher blood serum lev­els of the an­tiox­i­dants beta-carotene, lutein and gamma-to­co­pherol than the typ­i­cal Amer­i­can diet.

“Our pre­vi­ous study showed the ben­e­fits of pis­ta­chios in low­er­ing lipids and lipopro­teins,” says Pro­fes­sor Penny Kris-Ether­ton at Penn­syl­va­nia State Uni­ver­sity. “This new study shows an ad­di­tional ef­fect of pis­ta­chios, so now there are mul­ti­ple health ben­e­fits of eat­ing pis­ta­chios.”

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