Lessen the effects of stress … with pistachios

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Lessen the effects of stress … with pistachios

And you thought they were only good in ice cream. A recent study at Penn State University indicates that the plant sterols and other nutrients found in pistachio nuts may help alleviate the effects of stress.

According to the study, participants who were served 1½ ounces of pistachios daily in a heart-healthy diet experienced lower blood pressure levels during stressful mental and physical tests than they did while on a diet that didn’t include pistachios.

Good news, except for the calorie-minded. 1½ ounces, or about 75 shelled nuts, is 250 calories.

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