Healthy Snacking and the Pistachio

It seems every snack these days has it’s pros and cons. But we are not looking at food made from chemicals, we are looking into the natural nut, the delicious pistachio.

High in Calories and Fat, is that Bad?

PistachiosSince this nut is so good, there has to be a downside right? It all depends, the caloric intake of shelled pistachios is around 160 calories per ounce! That’s about 1/4 of a cup.

This may seem good or bad when compared to your current diet and that’s what we are going to explore. Let’s start with the high calories.

Out of those 160 calories per serving, lets break down where they come from.

  • Fat (14g) 126 Calories – Each gram of fat is equal out to 9 calories
  • Protein (8g) 32 Calories – A gram of protein equals out to 4 calories.
  • Fiber (3g) 4.5 Calories – The FDA estimates about 1.5 calories per gram of fiber.
  • Sodium (160mg) O Calories – Sodium does not contain calories, cool!

Breaking Down the Numbers Game

The bulk of the calories come from fat. 126 out of 160 calories just for seems high but is not necessarily bad.

The majority of the fat in pistachios is mono and poly saturated fats. These fats help lower cholesterol and help strengthen the heart and improve blood vessel function, according to the Harvard Medical School. Just because it’s fat doesn’t make it bad.

Protein and fiber make up 23% of the calories per serving. Fiber is a carbohydrates  that gives you that “satisfied” feeling. Protein has the same effect. According to Providence Health & Services an average adult needs 60 to 80 grams of protein each day. Protein is the raw material your body uses to make and maintain healthy muscles, bones, skin and hair. Without an ongoing supply of this nutrient you would gradually lose muscle mass, become weak and forfeit your ability to fight disease and infection.

Heart Healthy Snacking

The biggest benefit to eating delicious pistachios is they are heart friendly! Research has shown that the antioxidants, phytosterols and unsaturated fatty acids in pistachios decrease levels of bad LDL cholesterol, the “Bad Cholesterol” that ultimetley can lead to a heart attack!

Conclusion

We all snack differently. We snack to maintain a level of fullness throughout the day or we snack to take a quick break during office hours. Making the right decision on your snacks is critical to your health and if you choose to snack on nuts, pistachios are one of the lowest in fat and calories when compared to others. Also, de-shelling these nuts takes a little work, but you will get to that satisfied feeling faster without over snacking.

There are many reason that make this treat the perfect guilt free snack!

This is why Sedona Smokehouse has been smoking pistachios since 1982. With the addition of garlic, Voodoo Nuts Garlic Smoked Pistachios have been the “Go-To” snack for the heatlth conscious snacker that actually wants something delicious!

Naturally flavored, naturally preserved, naturally delicious!

Give the heart healthy Voodoo Nuts a try today and enjoy the benefits. Your future self will thank you!