At the Experimental Biology conference in Washington, D.C. this past April a study was presented that argued why pistachios may be the ideal snack for anyone looking to lose weight. One interesting fact the research uncovered was that not all of the nuts’ fat is absorbed by the body, making them lower in calories than was previously thought. This is big news because the findings work against the accepted notion that nuts are too calorie-dense and high in fat to make them good weight-loss aids.
“What we found is that when people consume the nuts, all the fat wasn’t absorbed by the body and therefore the calories weren’t all available to the body,” lead author Dr. David Baer told DietsInReview.com. Researchers placed 52 obese and overweight subjects on diets that were 500 calories less than they usually ate. Half were assigned to a group that ate pretzels as a snack, and the other group snacked on pistachios. After 12 weeks, the pistachio group had more success in reaching their weight-loss goals”.
Pistachios, in addition to their great taste, offer advantages over other nuts. They are also one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat nuts. In fact, pistachios have only three calories per nut – about half the calories of most snack nuts. Thirty pistachio kernels yield just 100 calories, compared to 14 for almonds and 11 for cashews. Like most nuts, pistachios are a good source of both protein and fiber – which aid the digestive process and help to satisfy.
Although people who include nuts in their diet may eat a healthier diet overall, there is research that shows that people who eat nuts generally have a lower body mass index. However, portion control is key! So start your savvy snacking today!!