NEW PISTACHIO RESEARCH FROM CORNELL UNIVERSITY
A new study conducted by Cornell University and published in the journal, Nutrients, determined the phytochemicals in raw and roasted American pistachios.1 This is an exciting area of emerging research that is adding to our knowledge of the nutritional content of pistachios. We already know that pistachios are high in copper and manganese and are a source of selenium, zinc, riboflavin and vitamin E. All of these antioxidant nutrients contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITY OF COMMON FOODS
Researchers, led by Dr. Rui Hai Liu, used two methods of measuring antioxidants—the accepted measurement established by the United States Department of Agriculture, called ORAC, which stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity; and CAA, short for Cellular Antioxidant Activity.2
ORAC is the measurement of a food’s ability to attack the free radicals in your body that are hard at work, damaging your cells. The higher the ORAC score, the more antioxidant potential there is in that food. As the name suggests, antioxidants prevent free radicals from damaging and oxidizing the cells in our bodies.
CAA is a new method that looks more closely at what might happen with cells in the human body. While it’s still an emerging area of research, it is believed that antioxidants may help protect from free radical damage by preventing the oxidation of cells. Scientists believe that free radical damage can occur to the body during normal life processes (eating, breathing, exercising, environmental toxins).
Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of Complete Proteins (μg TE/100 g) is a method that compares common types of complete protein foods and their ability to fight free radicals (in a lab test).
New Research Suggests Pistachios May Have a High Antioxidant Capacity
A new study conducted by Cornell University and published in the journal, Nutrients, suggests that pistachios may have a high antioxidant capacity, among the highest when compared to values reported in research of many foods commonly known for their antioxidant capacity, such as blueberries, pomegranates, cherries, beets, and red wine.1,2,3,4 The purpose of the research was to measure the level of antioxidant “capacity” of pistachios.
Below are several useful downloads
for health professionals like you to use in your practice.
The Skinny on American PistachiosDownload
More Reasons to EatDownload
Gestational Diabetes StudyDownload
Healthy Heart Fact SheetDownload
Health and NutritionDownload
Welcome to the American Pistachio Growers
premier toolkit for supermarket dietitians!
We greatly value your importance as educators in the retail environment and hope you find this toolkit helpful!
We have put together a collection of everything you need to offer convenient, impactful resources for healthful living in your stores and communities. You may use this information in your written or online publications, culinary demos, and community education.
This toolkit guide will give you easy-to-follow instructions for utilizing these resources to provide exciting health messages for your community.Download
Share the health benefits of plant-based proteins with this research-based fact sheet, which works well for in-store education and community nutrition classes.Download
This short article with practical tips, written by Sharon Palmer, RDN, may be used as a handout, copy for your online or print communications, or in-store communication.Download
This guide offers you everything you need to know to host a successful culinary demonstration featuring pistachios.Download
A collection of some of our favorite, healthful recipes with images for use in cooking classes, online and print publications, and educational outreach.Download
If you’re looking for fun, exciting angles to promote healthful living during seasonal moments in time, we’ve got you covered with this handy guide.Download
Connect with your followers and community with these pre-written, dietitian-developed social media posts, including links to healthful resources.Download