October 1999 Issue
As with other nuts, pistachios may improve lipid profiles in people with moderately high cholesterol, according to a small study from the UCLA School of Medicine. For three weeks, the participants substituted pistachio nuts for high-fat foods to make up 20% of calories. The "pistachio diet" resulted in a small but significant reduction in total cholesterol and a favorable rise in high-density lipoproteins (HDL's, the "good" cholesterol). Journal of the American
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