Are pistachios bad for cats

Are pistachios bad for cats

Are pistachios bad for cats?

We’ve all heard the clm that nuts are bad for cats, but what are the scientific studies that prove this?

In my last cat post, I promised to share the science that shows nuts are safe for our feline friends. But, the real question on everyone’s mind is: what are the real risks and are they worth it?

This is the big question.

Nuts are loaded with fat and calories, and they’re high in cholesterol. So, do nuts put cats at risk for heart disease? Or does the cholesterol in nuts protect our feline friends?

When I first read the article below, it made me do a double take. Why would it seem to make sense that our feline friends would be at risk for a disease called hyperthyroidism?

After all, we know that in our human population, it’s one of the most common diseases. Why would our cats have it as well?

So, I looked more into the article and discovered a few interesting things. Let’s begin with the clm that cats have a higher incidence of hyperthyroidism.

So, does our feline friend’s incidence of hyperthyroidism (HT) rise as a result of dietary changes?

And, if so, is it because we have higher nut consumption?

Well, no, not really.

First, let’s look at the study that the article is based on:

“Nut Consumption and the Incidence of Hyperthyroidism in Cats.”

The first conclusion was that “Feline hyperthyroidism, a disease of thyroid gland hyperfunction, is a common endocrinopathy in cats.”

However, what is not clear in this study is what the “hyperthyroidism” means.

I don’t know about you, but I have heard of cats with a “high-normal” thyroid. And, I have heard of cats who have a “low-normal” thyroid. And, I have heard of cats with low T3, high T4, and low T3/T4.

All of these are forms of thyroid disease, yet all are considered normal. What’s the difference between them?

The answer is that they vary in severity. There are many forms of thyroid disease in cats and people. In fact, I know a few people who think they have “lazy thyroid” because their T4 and T3 numbers are high.

In humans, this can be a benign condition with no health concerns. It can also be a more serious thyroid condition that needs treatment.

I was taught as a vet student that “normal” thyroid values for cats should be within the normal range. We used to call this the “grey area.”

I was told that values could vary by up to 5% from the reference range. A 5% variation in a laboratory test could mean a very serious condition.

So, what are the “normal” values for cats?

According to the Thyroid Society of North America, the normal reference range for T4 is 4-12 mcg/dL.

That range also includes a 5% variation.

Normal T3 value in cats is 1-4 ng/dL. Agn, 5% variation.

So, if you were to consider values that are 5% higher or lower than normal for your cat, I’m guessing that you’d find a lot of cats in the grey area.

In the paper, they looked at a bunch of cats in the Grey area. And, they concluded that these cats had an increased risk of developing hyperthyroidism.

Is this just a statistical thing, or is it a real thing?

Well, they used a sample of cats that had been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. The study also looked at a sample of healthy cats, and the authors concluded that the increased incidence of hyperthyroidism in cats was just a statistical thing.

So, does eating nuts increase the risk of hyperthyroidism?

It depends on what we mean by nuts.

In the paper, the researchers were looking at “all nut foods, including nuts, tree nuts, peanuts, cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts.”

They were also looking at the effect of raw and dry-roasted nuts. They were specifically looking at the effect of “cashews and pistachios.”

“We looked at cashews because of their high fat content, and pistachios because of their high fat content.”

However, in the paper, they actually only looked at dry-roasted cashews. And, they only looked at dry-roasted pistachios.

So, what is the problem with that?

I’m sure that it’s the fat and calories that we don’t like about nuts, but I’d like to know the basis for the clm that nuts are high in fat and calories.

In the paper, they sd “The fat content of the nut foods we examined ranged from 4% for almonds to 47% for cashews.”

They also sd that “cashews have the highest total fat content, followed by pistachios.”

In the paper, they looked at dry-roasted cashews. They used 3 oz. of raw cashews and dry roasted them at 350°F for 2 hours.

For the dry-roasted pistachios, they used 3 oz. raw pistachios and dry roasted them at 350°F for 2 hours.

In both cases, the total fat content was 25 g/3 oz.

So, what was the fat content of the raw nuts that the authors used?

Well, according to their own data, the total fat content for raw cashews was 10 g