Today’s Health Tip ~ Want to Lower Your Cholesterol?

Pistachios are a Heart Healthy Choice

Note: I snack on unsalted shelled pistachios. There are a great treat.

One of the first indicators of a healthy heart is your cholesterol levels. There are two types — LDL and HDL. High levels of LDL cholesterol can raise your risk of heart disease, so it’s often referred to as “bad” cholesterol, according to the CDC. Meanwhile, higher levels of HDL cholesterol can lower your risk.

One way to improve cholesterol levels is with the help of a healthy diet, per the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This involves choosing healthy fats, such as nuts, to make up anywhere between 20 and 35 percent of your daily calories. “Most of the fat in pistachios are unsaturated fats, which are linked to lower cholesterol,” explains Jim Liu, MD, a cardiologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “There are studies specifically linking pistachios to lower LDL cholesterol levels.

It’s true: A small study showed including pistachios can improve total cholesterol levels and other metabolic risk factors in adults with type 2 diabetes, according to results in the November 2016 issue of Metabolism.

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