Green pistachios can help keep the weight off

Jan 27, 2011

Pistachios can help lower bad cholesterol and keep extra weight off.

People tend to put on some weight during the holidays, but there is an alternative way to consume food and have the body benefit from it, according to a report from

The report cited a study from the National Institutes of Health, which revealed the average American gains one pound between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Although that may seem like nothing to worry about, the problem is people do not shed that pound when the new year has come and the holidays have gone by.

Nutrition expert Alyse Levine says, "Though it may not sound like a lot, one pound per year quickly adds up," she commented. "A perfectly healthy 20-year-old can easily turn into a 20-pound overweight 40-year-old, adding to our country’s already high obesity rate."

A recent study gathered research of 25 independent studies that suggests eating nuts, such as pistachios, lower the bad cholesterol in one's body. These results also indicate that regular nut consumption can lower the risk of coronary heart disease, says the report.

In addition to eating more nuts, providing one's self with consistent exercise is a great way to maintain good health. People who follow a fit lifestyle will see lower payments on their life insurance premiums.

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