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Pistachios Are The Perfect Eco-Friendly Snack

November 8, 2010: 08:36 AM EST

A nutritionist speaking at a recent food and nutrition conference suggested pistachios as a nutritious snack that is also eco-friendly.  Among the reasons to choose pistachios as a frequent snack: only two calories of fossil fuel are need to produce one calorie of plant food like pistachios, compared to as many as 80 calories of fossil fuel to produce a calorie of animal food; pistachios have a minimal carbon footprint because they are a one-ingredient food; pistachios do not required energy-guzzling refrigeration; the discarded shells are compostable; and their light shipping weight means fuel consumption is minimized.

"California pistachios: Dietitian and Mother Nature approved", News release, Pistachio Health, November 08, 2010, © Pistachio Health
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