12 Days of Pistachio Giveaways
As we approach the season of giving, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting “12 Days of Pistachio Giveaways” starting today. Tune into our Facebook page every day between now and December 21st to participate and have a chance at winning a free bag of pistachios each day for the next 12 days! To see the official rules, click here: http://on.fb.me/1yzcBgL.
As if there wasn’t enough reason to celebrate the holidays, here are 12 fun pistachio facts to help you really go nuts this season:
- Pistachios are the smiling nut: In Iran pistachios are known as the “Smiling Nut” and in China pistachios are known as the “Happy Nut.” No wonder pistachios make everyone smile!
- Pistachios are filled with good fats: Nearly 90% of the fat found in pistachios are the heart-healthy unsaturated types (such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated).1
- Pistachios all over the world: February 26th is recognized by pistachio lovers around the world as World Pistachio Day; a day to honor the historical nut.
- 49 nuts: Remember the number 49. Pistachios offer more nuts per one-ounce serving – about 49 kernels per ounce – compared to 23 almonds, 14 walnut halves and 18 cashews.1
- Slow it down: When you snack on in-shell pistachios, seeing the empty shells may provide the visual cue necessary to help curb consumption. The act of cracking open each pistachio may slow you down possibly making it more difficult for overconsumption in one sitting.2
- About 100 calories = 30 pistachios: Trying to keep your snack to 100 calories? Just remember that 30 pistachio kernels are about 100 calories.1
- Pistachios have good-for-you fats: Pistachios are one of the lowest fat, lowest calorie snack nuts and among the highest in protein. A naturally cholesterol-free food, nearly 90-percent of the fat in pistachios is the healthy unsaturated type.1
- Pistachios are a good source of fiber: Fiber may help you feel full longer, and makes it easier to follow a healthy eating plan. Pistachios are good source of fiber, providing 12 percent of the daily value per 30 gram serving (see nutrition information for fat content).1
- Fool yourself full with pistachios: The “Pistachio Principle” is a great snacking guide! Developed by behavioral eating expert Dr. James Painter, The Pistachio Principle is a simple mindful eating concept that may help you fool yourself full – without feelings of deprivation. Dr. James Painter completed two studies that suggest that individuals could reduce their overall calorie consumption without consciously restricting their diets. The premise is that consumption of in-shell pistachios may help to slow eating when compared to shelled pistachios because the leftover shells may offer an important visual cue about the amount consumed; thereby potentially reducing calorie intake. 2,3
- More Nuts, more benefits: Need another reason to go nuts snacking on pistachios? A recent Harvard University study suggests that a daily handful of pistachios may have a role in health and longevity.4
- Pistachios can fit into your diet: From Paleo and vegetarian to Mediterranean and flexitarian, pistachios fit nicely into many of today’s popular diets. Click here http://bit.ly/1vTcc7d to see how pistachios fit into your diet.
- Pistachios pair well with anything: Get creative with how you eat pistachios. From sweet, salty and savory, pistachios go with almost any food item to make for the perfect pistachio pairing! Here is one pairing idea to get you started, http://bit.ly/1zrgBfZ.
1. U.S. Department of Agriculture. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 27.
2. *K. Kennedy-Hagan, J.E. Painter, C. Honselman, A. Halvorson, K. Rhodes, K. Skwir. “The Effect of Pistachio Shells as a Visual Cue in Reducing Caloric
Consumption.” Appetite. 2011, 57(2): 418-420.
3. Honselman, C.S., Painter, J.E., Kennedy-Hagan, K.J., Halvorson, A., Rhodes, K., Brooks, T.L., & Skwir, K. “In-shell pistachio nuts reduce caloric intake
compared to shelled nuts.” Appetite. 2011, 57(2):414-417.
4. *Bao et al. Association of nut consumption with total and cause-specific mortality. N Engl J of Med. 2013;369:2001-2011.