nutritious food in a prescribed quantity can bring wonderful outcomes in
In a recent study it was found that pistachios can
lower the risk of cardiovascular ailments
in moderate hypercholestolemic individuals. It is
proven by the studies that pistachio can effectively improve the blood lipid
Xin Wang et al conducted a study to find out the effect of
different dosages of pistachio on blood lipids, blood pressure, glucose and
insulin levels and body weight in individuals with metabolic syndrome.
For the purpose
of the study ninety individuals with metabolic syndrome were enrolled.
According to the guidelines of the American Heart Association Step I diet, all
subjects were counselled.
The subjects were randomized to eat either a higher daily serving of 70
gm pistachios (HSG), a recommended daily serving of 42 gm (RSG) or simply no
pistachios (DCG) for 12 weeks.
After twelve weeks, it was found that there was no significant
alteration in the BMI (Basal Metabolic Index) or body weight in the volunteers
at any time during the study. There was no change in the waist-to-hip ratio
among the individuals
No prominent difference was noticed in fasting glucose and two hour
postprandial glucose following a 75 gram glucose challenge.
The conclusion drawn was against the popular belief of pistachios
consumption promoting weight gain, it was seen that eating either 42 grams or
75 grams of pistachio did not lead to either waist-to-hip ratios or weight
gain in Chinese subjects
. An added advantage of pistachio consumption was
that it mitigated the risk of cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndrome.
1. Effects of pistachios on body weight in Chinese
subjects with metabolic syndrome; Xin Wang et al; Nutrition Journal 2012.