Men's Health

The Life Benefits of Pistachio Nutrition

 

 

An important way for men to keep fit is to reduce the risk factors for health problems that they face as they age. Maintaining a healthy heart and blood vessels is one of the most important things a man can do. Several studies suggest that including pistachios as a part of a well-balanced diet helps support healthy cholesterol levels in individuals with already healthy cholesterol levels. Read more about the research that connects men’s health and pistachio nutrition.

More and more men are interested in maintaining a healthy weight as well. According to nutrition experts, a key component to weight maintenance is eating small snacks throughout the day. Snacks are an important part of a balanced diet. Consuming planned, portion-controlled snacks is a way to keep your metabolism going and maintain energy levels between meals. Healthy snacks are made up of nutrient-rich foods that contain fiber, lean protein, and healthy fat. Pistachios are a one-stop shop, containing 3 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, and 11 grams of heart-healthy fat per serving – about 49 nuts. Additionally, pistachios may be even lower in calories than previously thought. Read more about the nutrition content of pistachios. Or, read more about pistachios and weight management.

Exploratory clinical studies suggest that when consumed in moderation, pistachios may help support healthy blood glucose levels in individuals with already normal blood glucose. Read more about pistachios and blood sugar control.

The International Food Information Council* found that top dietary concerns include limiting fat, such as saturated fats and trans fat, and limiting high fructose corn syrup and refined carbohydrates. In addition, they found that one-third of people surveyed agree that protein helps one to feel full and is especially beneficial as people age. Protein can also help with weight loss.

*Based on 1,000 adults, representative of the U.S. population. Data gathered on March 28-April 10, 2011.

Emerging research suggests that men who added pistachios to their diet for three weeks improved markers of erectile function at the end of the study.1 More comprehensive studies will need to be conducted to draw conclusive results. Read more about the erectile dysfunction treatment study.

REFERENCES:
1. Aldemir M,Okulu E, Neselioğlu S, Erel O, Kayigil Ő. Pistachio diet improves erectile function parameters and serum lipid profiles in patients with erectile dysfunction. Int J Impot Res.2011. 23(1):32-8.

 

Simple Steps for Taking Your Six Years Back

By Michael Roussell, PhD

By taking simple steps, men can reduce their risk of preventable diseases that cause them to die an average of six years younger than women. Here are four easy ways for men to fortify their health with pistachios.

 

Feed a Healthy Heart

Heart disease is the number one killer of men! Adding a daily pistachio snack to a heart-healthy diet has been shown to help reduce LDL cholesterol. In addition, research also shows that the antioxidants inside pistachios help prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which is seen as the initial step in the development of heart disease that causes plagues.

Maintain a Healthy Brain

Alzheimer’s one of the leading causes of death for men. Nuts, like pistachios, are a mainstay in the MIND Diet, a diet clinically shown to reduce risk of Alzheimer's Disease by a whopping 53 percent. In the MIND Diet study, participants were encouraged to eat five servings of nuts per week.

Stay in Control (of Blood Sugar)

Diabetes is another major concern for men. At the most basic level, diabetes centers on controlling the sugar levels in the blood. Eating pistachios has little to no effect on blood sugar. When pistachios are added to a meal, the fat, fiber and protein can help control blood sugar.

Get Active and Recovery Smart

Over thirty-one percent of men in American are inactive. Regardless of what area of health needs to be improved, the key is to move each and every day. Just 20 minutes of some kind of activity daily will help with health issues. And after exercising, the antioxidants, minerals and protein found in pistachios help the body recover.

 


Dr. Mike Roussell, nutrition expert and advisor to Men’s Health and SELF magazines, shares his health tips for men with a series of short videos.

The tips were featured on American Pistachio Growers social media during Men’s Health Month.