A moderate-fat diet containing pistachios improves emerging markers of cardiometabolic syndrome in healthy adults with elevated LDL levels

Simone D. Holligan, Sheila G. West, Sarah K. Gebauer, Colin D. Kay, Penny M. Kris-Etherton (Lead Author)

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A randomised, cross-over, controlled-feeding study was conducted to evaluate the cholesterol-lowering effects of diets containing pistachios as a strategy for increasing total fat (TF) levels v. a control (step I) lower-fat diet. Ex vivo techniques were used to evaluate the effects of pistachio consumption on lipoprotein subclasses and functionality in individuals (n 28) with elevated LDL levels ( ≥ 2·86 mmol/l). The following test diets (SFA approximately 8 % and cholesterol
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)744-752
Number of pages9
JournalBritish Journal of Nutrition
Issue number05
Early online date10 Jul 2014
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2014


  • Pistachios
  • Small and dense LDL
  • HDL subclasses
  • Insulin resistance
  • Cardiometabolic disease
  • C-reactive protein
  • Plant sterols

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