Why Are Pistachios Being Dubbed The "Skinny Nut"?
By Marissa Hicken |
I'm not really into nuts. I've tried. They offer great nutrition and are an excellent alternative to so many other salty snacks, but I just don't like them. Most of them. I love pistachio nuts. However, although they are a good source of fiber and protein, I tend to stay away because they tend to have a potato chip effect on me. But not anymore.
A new study conducted by the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA found that the fat in pistachios might not be completely absorbed by the body-validating pistachios as one of the lowest calorie nuts with about 160 calories in a one ounce serving.
Previous research has indicated that fats from nuts are not absorbed well through the gastrointestinal tract. According to this new research, the fat from pistachio nuts is not completely absorbed. So pistachios may have fewer calories than we originally thought.
The study also elaborated on the heart-health benefits of pistachios. Researchers discovered that when healthy individuals included 1.5 and 3 ounces of pistachios into their typical American diet, cardio-supportive results were shown.
While we're on the subject, another study out of UCLA found that snacking on pistachios rather than pretzels not only supports BMI goals but can also support heart health. Additionally, pistachios offer the most nuts per serving (about 50 kernels) when compared to other popular snack nuts in comparison to almonds (23 in a serving), walnuts (14 halves) and cashews (18). I guess I picked the right nut.