Rivals on the field, pistachio supporters off the field - The Packer

Rivals on the field, pistachio supporters off the field

01/15/2014 06:12:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

NFL team nutritionistsCourtesy American Pistachio GrowersBryan Snyder with the Denver Broncos (left) and Ted Harper with the New England Patriots join a list of prominent athletes and nutrition experts promoting the healthful aspects of pistachios.The Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots will be rivals on the field this Sunday during the AFC Championship Game.

Off the field, Broncos team nutrition manager Bryan Snyder and Patriots team sports dietitian Ted Harper have teamed with the American Pistachio Growers to promote the healthful aspects of the nut.

They join a growing number of well-known athletes who have becomes spokespersons for the Fresno, Calif.-based pistachio group, according to a news release.

A study published in the Nov. 20, 2013, New England Journal of Medicine found that people who eat a handful of nuts—including pistachios—had a 20 percent lower death rate over the 30-year research project.

Other supporting studies showed that people who eat nuts regularly tended to remain leaner with reduced waist sizes and less weight gain throughout life. The study compared regular nut consumers to those who do not eat nuts regularly.

This is bodes well for football fans who want a healthful snack during the game.

“This is good news for football fans who want to live to see their team win that 'perfect season,'” Judy Hirigoyen, pistachio growers director of global marketing, said in the release. “We’re pleased that, in addition to advising their pro players, Ted Harper and Bryan Snyder will be helping fans understand how mindful snacking can fit into their own nutrition plan."

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