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And the winners are pistachio nuts and sunflower seeds! These two contenders came out on top in a recent analysis reported in the
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
for heart-healthy foods.
Scientists compared phytosterols (cholesterol-lowering substances from plants) in 17 kinds of nuts and seeds. All were good sources of phytosterols, but these two ranked highest.
Health professionals suggest that you choose the unsalted varieties and limit your portions because nuts and seeds boast 150 to 200 calories per ounce.
UC Berkeley Wellness Letter
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