Yes, its all true! If you want to help your weight loss diet along by snacking on something healthy, then choosing pistachio nuts instead of pretzels is the way to go.

pistachios weight lossAccording to a study undertaken by a team led by professor David Heber of the UCLA Department of Medicine, you are more likely to lose weight if you snack on pistachios rather than pretzels. This is especially significant because statistics show that snack foods actually account for over a quarter of the total daily caloric intake in Americans.

The study took 52 volunteers who were divided into two groups and placed on 500 calorie deficit diets that incorporated snacks into their daily weight loss diet. Each group were assigned to a pistachio snack or pretzel snack group. The group eating pistachios were given a daily snack consisting of 240 calories, which came out at around 75 pistachios.

The other group were given around 220 calories which equaled around 2 ounces of pretzels.

The results revealed that the group who ate pistachios had a greater success supporting their BMI (Body Mass Index) goals in comparison to the group who snacked on pretzels. In other words, eating pistachio nuts as a snack is way better for you and your efforts to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight than eating other high calorie snacks like pretzels or other snacks such as potato chips.

There are some health benefits that go with eating a small amount of pistachios each day, including a positive effect on the heart and circularity system thanks to the content of monounsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid. They help to lower the levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol while similarly raising levels of good (HDL) cholesterol.

Pistachios contain many important B-complex vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid and folates. They are also an excellent source of vitamin E and other antioxidants that are helpful for maintaining a healthy immune system to help the body fight off illnesses.

So go right ahead and snack on some healthy pistachios if you must snack at all and toast your good health!