The Lovable Pistachio Nut is indeed The Love Nut.
(1) The more one consumes nuts of any kind, the more health benefits, so dig in.
(2) More nuts to love does not equate to more to love.
(3) Bonus, pistachio nut consumption yields exceptional satisfaction as the Skinny Love Nut.
(1) Regarding longevity, the largest detailed medical study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that eating just a handful of nuts daily yields dramatic health benefits. The study notes that while it cannot definitely prove cause-and-effect, the significant findings are extremely beneficial for overall tree nut consumption and ground nut consumption. Furthermore, the 30-year study sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and a research grant from International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation (INC NREF) isolated variables among participants strengthening these key findings that regular nut consumption correlates to lowered risks of:
* heart disease
* type 2 diabetes
* colon cancer
* cholesterol levels
* oxidative stress
* insulin resistance
Consistent consumption of tree nuts (pistachio nuts, almond nuts, cashew nuts, brazil nuts, pine nuts, macadamia nuts, pecan nuts, walnuts, and hazelnuts) and ground nuts (such as peanuts) were all included in the study showing the more nut consumption on a regular basis, the greater your longevity and overall improved health! For the full study links see http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/11/eating-nuts-reduces-risk-of-death/.
(2) Regarding Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) and Obesity, the INC NREF study recently published in 2014 additionally gleans that tree nut consumption reduces risks of obesity and beneficial effects on MetS. For full study findings with links among tree nuts, metabolic syndrome (MetS), and obesity, see http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/mp-itn010714.php. Key findings of this study are:
* Regarding MetS, “While overall nut consumption was associated with lower prevalence of MetS, tree nuts specifically appear to provide beneficial effects on MetS, independent of demographic, lifestyle, and other dietary factors”
* Regarding obesity, participants with a high consumption of tree nuts in their diet were found to have significantly lower prevalence of obesity compared to those with a low consumption; furthermore, those with high levels of tree nut consumption versus ground nut consumption showed even lower risk for obesity.
(3) Pistachios are an extra special nut and here’s why:
* To eat the pistachio nut requires removing the shell. This step enhances the sensation of being satiated by snacking. Additionally, the empty shells serve as a signal of how many nuts have been consumed furthering the sense of satisfaction.
* One serving of pistachios is 49 individual nuts. For the same caloric intake of one serving of pistachios, you would need to stop at consuming 23 almonds or just 11 macadamia nuts. (We love all the nuts, but when you need to chow down, go for pistachios for quality and quantity.)