“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.