Go Nuts About High Cholesterol
Ok, hands up if you think nuts are fattening or bad for you?
Let me count: yes, that's what I thought. A lot of people believe that. Want to know why they're wrong?
Research has shown a rather different picture and the US Food and Drug Administration have even allowed nuts to have what is known as a qualified health claim. That's based on the fact that there is evidence that nuts can lower the risk of heart disease .
The latest bout of research has taken a close look at pistachios. Testing has shown that eating small amounts every day, say two or three ounces, can actually lower total cholesterol by well over 8%, in just a month.
That's a pretty big difference in anyone's book and if you have high cholesterol, reducing it by that amount is an excellent start.
Nuts actually contain a lot of fiber and protein and as long as you do not cover them in salt, or oils, they can help reduce heart disease by lowering your cholesterol .
If you did not already know, cholesterol comes in two types and is a bit like twins in Hollywood movie. One's good and the other's bad. LDL cholesterol is the 'bad' twin and you want to reduce it compared to the amount of HDL cholesterol, which is the 'good' twin. The ratio between the two types is as important as your total cholesterol level.
The results of the research are even more interesting when you compare the effect on the two types of cholesterol. The LDL was reduced by nearly 12% . That means the all-important ratio between LDL and HDL was tipped in favor of a healthier ratio.
Be warned though. You can not just add huge helpings of nuts to your diet and expect results. The test subjects actually had to reduce the total fat they ate, as well as having a small proportion of pistachios every day.
When you consider that reducing your cholesterol can help prevent that dangerous narrowing of the arteries and protect your heart from possible future heart disease, you'll be nuts not to look into it further.
Source by Amin Motin