You’ll feel like a nut after reading this! The healthiest snack in the world, just got better. In a recent article from MensHealth.com, pistachios contain fewer calories than what’s listed on the nutrition label. A handful (30 grams) of nuts normally equates to 170 calories, but in reality, it is more like 160. Your body doesn’t absorb all the fat, therefore you’re eating fewer calories.
Coming from a recent study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, David Baer, Ph.D., says “it is the physical property of nuts that makes the fat less available. Because you have to psychically break the cell wall of the nut, which contains fiber that is not initially digested, the fat is too late to be absorbed once the fiber is broken down in the colon. Thus, proving less fat equals less calories.
Despite a high level in fat, pistachios actually have “good fat” that help lower cholesterol. In addition, consuming nuts cuts the risks of of having a stroke, developing type 2 diabetes, coronary disease, developing dementia and protects your heart.
Not a fan of pistachios? Incorporate “nut butters” in your diet such as peanut, almond, cashew and hazelnut. One of my choice nut butters is Nutella, the original hazelnut spread and Jif peanut butter in my post workout smoothies.
Next time you need a pre or post workout nibble, be sure to have a stash of nuts in your gym bag and let the nuts do you and your body good!
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”
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