Pistachios in the News!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014
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Not only can pistachios provide heart-healthy benefits, but they may also help you eat less. Two very preliminary behavioral studies from Eastern Illinois University found that:

Empty pistachio shells may serve as “visual cues” as a reminder of consumption. Study participants who left pistachio shells behind on their desk reduced their calorie consumption by 18% compared to participants whose discarded shells were routinely removed throughout the day. 1

People who consumed in-shell pistachios ate 41 percent fewer calories than those who consumed pistachios without shells.3 Suggesting that empty shells may be a helpful visual cue about how much has been eaten – thereby potentially encouraging reduced calorie consumption.

Next time you’re in the produce section of your grocery store, consider picking up a bag of pistachios for both flavor and nutritional benefits.

What is your favorite heart-healthy snack?

1) Painter, J. “The Effect of Pistachio Shells as a Visual Cue in Reducing Caloric Consumption.” Appetite. 2011, 57(2):418-420.

2) 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.