Pistachios can help to manage your weight. No need to compromise taste, fun or health to reach your weight goals when you include pistachios as part of your daily calorie needs. A one-ounce serving of pistachios is 49 nuts—more per serving than any other snack nut. Those 160 calories are packed with nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Did you know that pistachios may have fewer calories than previously thought? New research, supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), suggests that the fat in pistachios isn’t completely metabolized. This means that when we eat pistachios, we may absorb fewer calories than originally estimated. 1 In addition, emerging research suggests that eating pistachios in the shell can help you manage how many you eat without compromising fullness. The act of opening each pistachio shell to get out the nut slows down the eating process, which can lead to greater satisfaction and fullness after eating.
1. Baer DJ, Gebauer SK, Novotny JA. 2011. Measured energy value of pistachios in the human diet. Br J Nutr. Jun 28:1-6.
2. Honselman CS, Painter JE, Kennedy-Hagan KJ, Halvorson A, Rhodes K, Brooks TL, Skwir K. 2011. In-shell pistachio nuts reduce caloric intake compared to shelled nuts. Appetite. Oct;57(2):414-7.
3. Kennedy-Hagan K., Painter JE, Honselman C, Halvorson A, Rhodes K, Skwir K, 2011. The effect of pistachio shells as a visual cue in reducing caloric consumption. Appetite. Oct;57(2):418-20.