Hooray! FDA Confirms Pistachios Can Be Labeled “Healthy”
Have you heard the good news? According to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement last month, pistachios can be labeled “healthy”. On September 27, 2016, the FDA announced their intention to revise the definition based on the latest nutrition science and current Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020.
Historically, nuts have gotten a bad reputation for their total fat content. As nutrition science has borne out, the quality—rather than the quantity—of fat is most important to our health. This is why, even before the final rule is in place, the FDA won’t be enforcing the current definition of “healthy” as an implied nutrient claim for certain foods. For example, this includes foods like pistachios that may not be low in fat, but have fats that are mostly the heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated type.
More Reasons to Go Nuts for Pistachios:
- Did you know: Nearly 90% of the fat in pistachios is the good unsaturated type?
- Pistachios are a good source of protein and fiber, making them a healthy snack choice that may help keep you full and satisfied throughout the day.
- Pistachios are already eligible for the FDA qualified heart-health claim that states:
- “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pistachios, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
Celebrate the News with Our Favorite Pistachio Pairings:
- Pistachios + Dark Chocolate Dipped Mandarins
- Pistachios + Pomegranate Arils + Brie
- Pistachios + Pear + Gingered Pumpkin Wedges
For more information on the FDA’s nutrient claim on “healthy,” click here.