Wonderful Pistachios certified as heart-smart - The Packer

Wonderful Pistachios certified as heart-smart

02/05/2013 04:38:00 PM
Mary Kastor

Paramount Farms’ Wonderful Pistachios lightly salted and no-salt packages will carry the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark this spring.

“This is especially relevant today because Americans are snacking more than ever, often using snacks as a way to boost the overall nutrition they get for the day,” Maggie Moon, senior nutrition communications manager for Los Angeles-based Paramount Farms, said in a company news release.

The Food and Drug Administration authorized a health claim related to nuts saying, “scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pistachios, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease,” according to the release.

A large percentage of the fat found in pistachio kernels is unsaturated fat. These are the types of fats that play a prudent role in cardiovascular health, Temple University Center for Obesity Research and Education director Gary Foster said in the release.

The association’s Heart-Check mark was created in 1955.



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Tina    
Wichita  |  February, 08, 2013 at 12:56 AM

This is great news since I find pistachios addicting, if I can get the shells open!

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