What petite nut packs a heart-healthy punch?

 

For centuries the little pistachio nut has been regarded as healthy and now the world's healthiest nut has achieved the rating of a "Super Food".

The little Pistachio is among the highest fiber nuts—helping to manage cholesterol and blood sugar levels. One ounce of pistachios (about 49 kernels) provides 20% of the daily recommended value of vitamin B6, more antioxidant that a cup of green tea and more lutein than a glass or orange juice. They're a great way to get an energy boost and will help you fight infections.

Their "heart-loving" nutrient profile includes antioxidants, phytosterols (also called plant sterols—components found in plants that may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering LDL cholesterol levels), unsaturated fats, vitamins and minerals.

And best of all, Pistachios are called the skinny nut because they are one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat, highest fiber nuts. You can enjoy more of these little morsels—49 pistachios per serving, compared to 18 for cashews and 22 for almonds.

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