Pistachios in the News!


Looking for tips to stay healthy this holiday season? You’ve come to the right place. With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us and holiday parties filling our calendars, ‘tis the season when healthy eating habits may fall to the wayside. But do not fret, as mindless eating can be deterred with a few healthy snacking strategies

Crack ‘em, Chew ‘em, Love ‘em, Leave ‘em: Let the Pistachio Principle be your guide! Empty pistachio shells may serve as a “visual cue” of how many pistachios you’ve consumed, so don’t discard the shells after you’ve enjoyed the treat inside. Keep these two preliminary behavioral studies in mind next time you want a healthy holiday snack:


  • Study participants who left pistachio shells on their desk reduced their calorie consumption by 18 percent compared to participants who discarded shells immediately after consumption.1
  • People who consumed in-shell pistachios ate 41 percent fewer calories than those who consumed pistachios without shells.2 This suggests that empty shells may be a helpful visual cue as to how much has been eaten – thereby potentially encouraging reduced calorie consumption.

Good Things Come in Small Packages: Reduce the size of your holiday serving plates, bowls and glasses. When you eat from smaller dishes you may trick yourself into eating less, yet still feeling satisfied.

Snack Simply: Simple snack pairings are the easiest, and often, the most delicious. Pairing savory, crunchy pistachios with low-fat cheeses and seasonal fruits and vegetables is snacking you can feel good about.

Happy Heart, Happy Holidays:  Pistachios are one of the lowest calorie and lowest fat snack nuts, making them a heart healthy snack choice. One to two handfuls of pistachios (1 ½ to 3 ounces) a day, as part of an overall healthy diet, may help to support cardiovascular health.

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1. Painter, J. “The Effect of Pistachio Shells as a Visual Cue in Reducing Caloric Consumption.”  Appetite. 2011, 57(2):418-420.

2. Honselman, C.S., Painter, J.E., Kennedy-Hagan, K.J., Halvorson, A., Rhodes, K., Brooks, T.L., & Skwir, K. “In-shell pistachio nuts reduce caloric intake compared to shelled nuts.” Appetite. 2011, 57(2):414-417.