Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Pop Back Pistachios for a Healthy Heart

Everyone wants to know what the healthiest foods are that they should be consuming on a regular basis. As a result, some foods get all the glory and others are unfortunately neglected. As for the healthiest nuts, almonds and walnuts typically dominate, especially when it comes to heart health benefits. But if we could just kindly set them aside for a minute and let pistachios join the party, we'd quickly discover just how delicious and healthy these peculiar green nuts really are.

Pistachios used to be hailed and treasured among royals, and are rather prominent in the diets of Europeans, especially those living in the Mediterranean, but in North America, they aren't quite as popular. Pistachios are jam packed with nutrition, containing over 30 vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytosterols, including copper, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and B6. They're also abundant in fibre, protein and anti-inflammatory, heart healthy unsaturated fats, which contributes to their ability to reduce cholesterol levels.

The truth is that while most foods have got something great to offer in terms of nutrition, pistachios have got plenty! By mixing and matching them with different foods, you're able to get a range of different nutrients and health benefits from day to day and week to week. Go ahead and add them to your grocery list this week.