Celebrate the Holiday Season with Healthy and Guilt-free California Pistachios

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Pre-party With California Pistachios to Avoid Holiday Weight-gain Woes

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Every year many Americans fall prey to annual holiday weight gain. While research from the New England Journal of Medicine shows the average gain is just one pound per year, Americans typically fail to take the weight back off resulting in a cumulative gain and a dress size up the following season. Research also shows that those who are overweight gain twice as much. To enjoy the holiday festivities it is important to arm yourself with satiating, healthy snacks like California pistachios.

California Pistachios: Perfect Pre-party Snack
Nut consumption is associated with a lower body mass index and has not been shown to cause weight gain. All nuts, however, are not created equal. Pistachios are becoming widely known as the "skinny nut" - one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat nuts and offering more nuts per serving than any other nut. Research shows that not all of the fat and calories in nuts is absorbed by the body therefore; pistachios may actually contribute fewer calories than what is listed on the Nutrition Facts panel.

Here are a few more reasons why pistachios should be incorporated in your holiday eating plans:

  •     Thirty pistachios make a delicious, healthy snack for about 100 calories. Nosh on a handful of these before the party to tame your temptation at the appetizer table.
  •     Thanks to their protein, fiber and healthy fat content, pistachios offer a high

satiety level - so you're likely to feel fuller, longer - outlasting any late-night parties.

  •     As the highest potassium nut, pistachios offer 310mg of this important mineral per 30 gram serving. Potassium helps your body regulate the sodium intake from salt-laden appetizers.

Additionally, California pistachios offer more than 30 different vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. They are an excellent source of vitamin B6, copper and manganese, and they are a good source of protein, fiber, thiamin and phosphorus.

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