Lose Weight with the Tingling Taste of Pistachios

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Oct 22, 2012

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Quick Bites

  • Pistachios are an amazing superfood for weight loss.
  • They must be eaten with the shell for best results.
  • Pistachios are rich in insoluble fibre.
  • Take them between meals to avoid putting on weight.

Here is a delicious prospect for those who are interested in losing weight. Believe it or not pistachios can do much good to your weighing machine and keep it on the pleasing side.

Losing Weight with PistachiosBesides modest calories, pistachios are rich in protein and fibre. A study at Harvard University revealed that pistachios offered more benefits when served in a shell than when sold lose. You may include pistachios in your diet; however, make sure you do not binge on them as that would increase your calorie count, which of course, will not help you in your weight loss goal. Therefore, if you plan on including pistachios in your diet, then you must do so by consulting a dietician so that you know the amount you should be eating.


Know the Serving Size

It is important for you to know the size of serving pistachios that would benefit you before you depend on this diet. One serving of it consists of 16 nuts and you may enjoy one serving between breakfast and lunch and another between lunch and dinner; this would help you to get going with your weight loss mission. If you find this routine monotonous, then you can throw in some pistachios in a bowl of salad during lunch. It is advisable to avoid "ready to eat" pistachios i.e. without shells, instead, opt for shelled ones. Because you would have to remove the shells before popping one to your drooling mouth, there would not be any scope for mindless eating.


Know the Numbers

It is important for you to understand calorie content and other nutrition values of pistachios. It has been found that one serving of  pistachio offers less than 65 calories and approximately 45 of these come from fat. Remaining calories come from protein (8 grams) and carbohydrates (12 grams). A good news is that while fibre from pistachios is a type of carbohydrate, it does not break down into glucose the way it happens with other carbohydrates that get digested. In fact, the fibre travels properly through the digestive tract.

Know the Benefits of Fibre

Fibre is an essential nutrient for weight loss and eating pistachios will help you to get a lot of that in your body. Pistachios are rich in insoluble fibre which benefits the stomach by acting like a broom, pushing through waste products, thus creating easy-to-pass stool. It, therefore, helps one to have regular bowel movements. 16 nuts per serving would give more than 1 gm of fibre. A man requires 38 gm of fibre, while a woman requires 25 gram.


You must know that pistachio fats are healthy mono-saturated fats that decrease human serum cholesterol.


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