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Pistachios for the Greater Good

When it comes to cholesterol, it's good cop (HDL) vs. bad cop (LDL). And only a good cop has the power to charm your arteries into coming clean.

Do you have enough good cops on the beat to keep your arteries clear? If not, put down the chips, candy bar, and cookie, and grab two to three handfuls of pistachios every day instead. This simple switch could bump up your HDL forces by two to three points in just 4 weeks. (see below ↓)

RealAge Benefit: Eating only healthful fat can make your RealAge 3.4 years younger.

Good Fats, Bad Fats

Study after study shows that nuts -- low in saturated fats and high in healthful monounsaturated fats -- cut both total and "bad" LDL cholesterol, which is great news for your heart.

Pistachios in particular should be on your most-wanted list when you're shooting for better HDL levels. If you've got moderately high total cholesterol, pistachios not only can boost HDL but also can move cholesterol ratios (HDL to total and HDL to bad) in positive directions when the nuts are used as a replacement for high-fat snacks. Pistachios can even improve apolipoprotein B levels.

Nutty Good Stuff

Along with heart-healthy fats, pistachios contain cardioprotective nutrients, such as magnesium, potassium, and copper. (Find more food sources of magnesium and potassium with this online tool.) For an easy on-the-go snack, toss together some shelled pistachios and dried cherries in a Ziploc bag. You'll get added benefits from the cherries.

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