Shelled Pistachios - packed with heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
Pistachios contain more than 10% of the Daily Value of dietary fiber and essential vitamins and minerals like B6, thiamin, copper and phosphorus.
Roasted Shelled Pistachios (Salted)
The Pistachio comes from the Cashew family. It's origins are in the Middle East and Central Asia. It is a tree which grows and produces seeds which are very tasty and nutritious. Technically it is a fruit and the seeds are what we consider Pistachios. These delicious snacks have been around as early as 7000 BC according to research (link) and pleasing people for centuries!
Many of it's benefits are:
Packed with Nutrients
one-ounce of these nutritions pistachios can yield up to a (28-gram) serving of roughly 49 pistachios. This portion would contain about 156 Calories, 8 g of Carbs, 3 g of Fiber, 6 g of Protein, 12 g of Fat which are over 80 percent healthy fats*, Potassium, Phosphorus, Vitamin B6, Thiamin, Copper, and Manganese (link). Pistachios are known to be one of the most Vitamin B6 rich foods accessible to us. Vitamin B6 helps with blood sugar regulation and also producing hemoglobin which are what carries oxygen in your blood stream. Pistachios are also one of the best source for Potassium as one ounce contains roughly about over half of the amount that a Banana would.
Antioxidant level is high
Antioxidants are very important to incorporate into your diet. Data suggests that they help prevent cell damage and also have a huge role in preventing disease. Pistachios are one of the leading nuts that contain Antioxidants.
They are high in the Antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin which also help prevent a few different types of eye damage. Some of the damages related to age and some to specific types of light. The most abundant Antioxidants in Pistachios are polyphenols and tocopherols which some studies suggest may help protect against cancer and heart disease.
High Protien yet Low Calorie
Nuts are known to be a great snack when you're on a diet or eating healthy in general. Keep in mind to not go overboard though, they are very high in fat and can be detrimental if you don't keep to your healthy portions. If you like Pistachios you are in luck as they are one of the lowest calorie nuts. About 20% of their weight consists of protein and have the highest ratio of essential amino acids of any nuts. Essential amino acids are consider just that because our body cannot produce them.
Can assist you in your weight-loss journey
With all the nutritional information we provided it shows you why Pistachios are such a rich source to derive nutrients from while you're on a diet. Pistachios are high in Fiber and Protein with both help you feel full longer and avoid cravings while you are trying to stick to your meal schedule. Studies have shown positive results in people who ate pistachios as a snack as opposed to other carb based snack options. Another reason may be because it's fat content is not fully absorbed into the body. The final yet brilliant reason is most Pistachios come in a shell and being that we have to peel them it takes time to eat them. This may cause you to consume less nuts in one sitting than if they were already peeled. Remember to stick to your portions when you have weight loss goals.
Helps promote Healthy Bacteria in your Gut
Pistachios being one of the fiber rich nut choices is great for your gut health. Your digestive system ferments fiber into short chain fatty acids which help reduce the risk of digestive disorders, cancer, and heart disease. Butyrate might be one of the most beneficial short chain fatty acids and studies show that Pistachios increase the amount of Butyrate producing bacteria in your guy even more than almonds.
Could help lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Just by helping in these two ways Pistachios are helping you fight heart disease. Over half of the studies conducted have show eating pistachios lowers your bad cholesterol levels and raises the good cholesterol levels in your blood. None of the studies have shows that Pistachios affects your blood lipid profile negatively. If lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol are part of your goals along with a healthy diet, Pistachios may be the leading nut that can achieve these for you
May assist with your Blood Vessels
Pistachios are a great source of L-arganine. This is then converted to Nitric Oxide and helps dialate your blood vessels. Being that L-arginine leads to Nitric Oxide production it is very well possible that eating a diet with Pistachios can help promote a higher production of nitric oxide. Studies show higher vascular benefits for people eating a diet including Pistachios than a mediterranean diet.
Might help lower Blood Sugar
Although high in carbs, it ranks low on its impact on your blood sugar level. Pistachios have a low glycemic index and some studies have shown that if you include a portion of Pistachios with your meal it even helps lower the impact of your meal over all on your blood sugar level. Many factors beneficial to control blood sugar are that it contains fiber, healthy fats, rich in antioxidants, magnesium, carotenoids and phenolic compounds.
They are just tasty in general
You can eat them with a meal or as a snack. If you're in a rush you can grab a portion and get yourself on the go. They are delicious, satisfying, and filling. You can even use these nuts to make spreads for different types of dishes. One of the best snacks around and you can tell why they have been around for centuries.
Can help with your Eye Health
Pistachios contain both lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants as mentioned before play great roles in protecting your eyes from damage. If its blue light damage, macular degeneration, or cataracts, pistachios may aid you in protecting yourself from such ailments. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the U.S. and eating Pistachios may help you prevent these forms of eye disease.
High Protien for people who are maintaining Vegan or Vegetarian diets
Protein is very abundant in protein which consists about 20% of its weight. being that they are low calorie and high in nutrients this is a great choice for someone on a Vegan or Vegetarian diet. Cutting out meats leads to a huge drop off in protein rich sources from the standard diet. There are many solutions to solve your protein needs and we recommend Pistachios as one of the best protein sources you can find. It may very well be the most versatile choice you can find.
Important for Heart Health
Reducing blood pressure and cholesterol are only some of the ways that Pistachios help keep your heart health in check. Pistachios also aided people greatly who suffer from type 2 diabetes. It is important to note that Pistachios helped in these categories more than any nut in the studies conducted.
Reduces the risk of Colon Cancer
The high fiber content may help reduce the risk of colon cancer. A diet high in fiber has show to help keep your colon health in better shape and by doing this may help reduce the risk.