Pistachios & Cashews
Pistachios and cashews are renowned for their heart-healthy attributes. Compared to many other tree nuts, they are both full of protein, but uniquely low in calories and fat. Pistachios have higher levels of potassium, vitamin B-6, phytosterols, beta-carotene, lutein and zeazanthin (antioxidants), than most nuts, including almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, and walnuts. When consumed daily and as part of a healthy diet, pistachios have been shown to improve risk factors for heart disease and lower LDL ('bad') cholesterol levels. Cashews are uniquely full of minerals, with high levels of iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium. 75% of their fat comes from unsaturated fatty acids that are high in oleic acid - the same monounsaturated fat found in olive oil.
Cranberries are spectacular little fruits. In addition to being naturally sweet and tangy, they are full of phytonutrients and antioxidants that are known to greatly promote health. The antioxidants and other essential phytonutrients found inside cranberries can protect against heart disease and cancer. Phytonutrients and antioxidants are also the source of the anti-inflammatory cardiovascular protections for which cranberries are now so well-known. The proanthocyanidins (tannins) found in cranberries also inhibit certain kinds of harmful bacteria from sticking to cells, which is why they have long been used for the prevention of certain types of infections. Importantly, all these powerful nutrients are proven to work better together, which means they are most effective when consumed in their original, delicious cranberry form.