Pistachios in the News!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014

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The latest pistachio research suggests that pistachios can be part of a heart-healthy diet. A new observational cohort study on mortality adds to the good news with evidence that adding tree nuts, such as pistachios, to a healthy Mediterranean diet may be heart healthy.

  • This observational study is an important addition to the body of research on nuts and heart health; however, given its observational nature, it’s not possible to prove cause and effect.Frequent Nut Eaters Are Found to be Healthier and More Likely to Eat Healthy: At baseline, people who ate nuts more frequently took in more calories than those who did not eat nuts, yet the frequent nut eaters had lower body mass index and waist circumference scores. Frequent nut eaters were also less likely to smoke, and more likely to exercise, and to eat vegetables, fruit, and fish.1
  • Mediterranean Diet: Is the Secret Ingredient Nuts?: This study suggests that adding greater than three servings per eek of nuts in the framework of an already healthy Mediterranean diet has benefits in addition to the Mediterranean diet alone. 1
  • The Snacking Bottom Line: Pistachios make a great healthy snacking choice, and can be an easy way to get three or more servings of nuts per week. A one-ounce serving of pistachios equals approximately 49 nuts, which is more nuts per serving than any other snack nut. A naturally cholesterol-free food, about 90-percent of the fat in pistachios is the healthy unsaturated type.

Be sure to color your plate with pistachios for a delicious and healthy snack!

(1) Guasch-Ferré et al.: Frequency of nut consumption and mortality risk in the PREDIMED nutrition intervention trial. BMC Medicine 2013 11:164.