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Nuts are a healthy snack, chock-full of ingredients to help you stay in shape and lower your risk of heart disease. They do contain fat, but it's the good fat your body needs a small certain amount of.

Sometimes though, when we snack on nuts, we tend to eat too much of a portion size since they are "good for us". The great thing about pistachios is that they are lower in fat and calories than the other nuts. A 1-ounce serving of dry-roasted pistachios contains 160 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and 15 grams of fat (including only 2 grams of saturated fat).

Here's some terrific benefits of pistachios:

* Helps to lower bad cholsterol and increase good cholesterol.

* Helps improve blood vessell elasticity, which may decrease blood pressure.

* Great for you skin as they contain vitamin E.

* Good source of fiber (Nature's broom!).

* Contain antioxidents, which which defend tissues from free radical damage.

So while almonds, walnuts, and peanuts remain a popular healthy choice for snacking, don't forget about the little green powerhouses called pistachios. Ask Kermit, he knows!

Tip: If you get them out of the shell and roasted, make sure they are unsalted. Otherwise, that nullifies many of the heart-health benefits.

This article made its debut on www.nohoartsdistrict.com

(Jack Witt is a Health and Fitness Coach providing In Home Personal Training, Personal Training at Private Fitness Centers in the North Hollywood, Burbank, Studio City, Sherman Oaks areas, as well as Worksite Health Programs, Corporate Wellness, Life Coaching Products, Keynote Speaking, and Group Exercise Classes.)

 
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