The Snack That Loves You Back
The Snack That Loves You Back
Hungry? But Want to Keep Healthy? G-R-A-B My Ever Favorite Nuts,pistachios.
~ The Weight-wise Nut
Researchers at Loma Linda University conducted nut feeding trials in which free living individuals substituted nuts for 20% of their total calories. The lead researcher, Joan Sabaté MD, PH.D., found that, despite the fact that nuts contain fat and are energy-dense foods, they did not cause an increase in body weight.
These results for pistachios are consistent with studies of other nuts and body weight. So pistachios are not only delicious, they’re also a great alternative to other less healthy snacks.
We all need some fat in our diet. Fat adds flavor which makes any snack a satisfying treat. The trick is to choose foods that contain good fats (unsaturated) as opposed to bad fats (saturated). Pistachios are a great choice of snack because they contain almost 90% unsaturated fat, i.e. the good stuff. So the next time you consider ordering french fries, choose a healthier, crunchier snack of pistachios instead
~ Pistachios as part of a weight-loss diet may improve blood triglyceride levels
Fifty-two overweight men and women ate a diet containing 500 fewer calories per day than needed, which included either 240 calories of salted pistachios or 220 calories of salted pretzels. After 12 weeks, both groups lost weight, but those eating pistachios tended to lose more weight. Blood triglyceride levels were significantly lower in those eating pistachios. There were no differences between the groups in total cholesterol, HDL or LDL cholesterol. The authors conclude that pistachios as a portion-controlled snack can be part of a successful weight-loss regimen and that eating pistachios instead of a snack such as pretzels may have benefits for blood triglyceride levels as well.Li Z, Song R, Nguyen C, Zerlin A, Karp H, Naowamondhol K, Thames G, Gao K, Li L, Tseng CH, Henning SM, Heber D. 2010. Pistachio nuts reduce triglycerides and body weight by comparison to refined carbohydrate snack in obese subjects on a 12-week weight loss program. J Am Coll Nutr. 29(3):198-203.
~ Pistachios improve blood lipids without weight gain in healthy volunteers
Twenty healthy women and 24 healthy men (average age 33 years) ate either a regular diet with no pistachios or a diet that substituted pistachios for 20% of their daily calorie intake. After three weeks, those on the pistachio diet had a significant decrease in total cholesterol levels, an increase in HDL ('good') cholesterol and an increase in blood antioxidants. Blood triglyceride and LDL ('bad') cholesterol levels decreased, but this change was not significant. There was no change in body weight. The authors conclude that including pistachios as part of a calorie appropriate diet can improve blood lipid levels without weight gain.
Kocyigit A, Koylu AA, Keles H. 2006. Effects of pistachio nuts consumption on plasma lipid profile and oxidative status in healthy volunteers. Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases. 16:202-9
~ Antioxidant Power
Oxidation is a process that creates free radicals in the body, which can be harmful to your cells. Pistachios offer many different antioxidants, which can help to support the heart and the body. Pistachios are antioxidant powerhouses, which is great for helping to fight against free radicals. In a USDA study, pistachios were placed in the group with the highest antioxidant capacity, as compared to over 100 different foods. Pistachios have more antioxidant power per 100 grams than blueberries, blackberries, garlic, and pomegranate juice and that\'s good for the whole body.
~ Athlete Health
Nutrition is important for athletes, whether exercising for health or training for competition. A healthy diet ensures that both professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts are giving their bodies with the fuel required to perform their best and recover quickly.
Pistachio nutrition can help. These little green nuts provide a healthy, portable snack option that you can use to fuel up before exercising and refuel after. Protein is a particularly important part of athlete nutrition, helping to build and repair muscles. In fact, studies have shown that ingesting protein prior to exercise may help to reduce post-exercise soreness. Pistachios have 6 grams of protein per serving (49 nuts). That’s the same amount of protein found in a one-ounce serving of soybeans! Learn more about the nutritional content of pistachios.
Gosh!I love Pistachio a lot more now <3