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Hi, I'm Dr. Miller with a tip to help improve your cholesterol and lung health. Nuts are full of healthy mono-unsaturated fats, but you probably know they're also high on calories, but here's good news if you love pistachios, they may have fewer calories than you think. In a recent study, researchers found that the caloric values of proteins, fats and carbs are outdated, and may even overestimate the number of calories in foods.

They also found that our bodies don't absorb all the calories in pistachios, because the fat from this nut isn't readily absorbed by the intestinal track. In fact, the calories in pistachios may be over estimated by 6% given the number of calories that get absorbed. A handfull of pistachios makes a quick, healthy snack. A 1-ounce serving is about 20 nuts in their cells, but there are more health benefits to this little green nuts.

In a study where 20% of people's daily calories came from pistachios, the participants saw significant improvements in their cholesterol profile. The takeaway here is when you feel like a nut, reach for the pistachios for a satisfying, heart healthy crunch. To discover more ways to live healthier, watch all our smart tips, right here.

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