Published: 08/05/2018 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei, PhD
Pistachios are a highly nutritious, oily fruit, and is part of the select group of the most popular snacks, like walnuts and almonds. Pistachios are native to Iran, and is a green seed that grows on a tree that can grow to be between 200 and 300 years old. They can grow up to 30 feet in height.
Benefits of pistachios
An excellent source of energy, and contains several nutrients, such as:
- High quality vegetable oil
- Vitamins A and B
- Vitamin B6
Health, heart, and other properties of Pistachios
- No cholesterol: Pistachios are very healthful in preventing and helping heart diseases, since it has neither harmful nor saturated fats.
- Rich in polyunsaturated fats: these help the body in absorbing vitamins A, D, E, and K.
- Contains unsaturated fats: which reduce cholesterol levels and the risk of cardiac disease.
- Cholesterol: contains lots of phytosterols and oleic acid, which help decrease cholesterol absorption, while maintaining these levels normal.
- Arteries: Helps reduce or prevent hardening of the arteries. Helps protect arteries by preventing cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.
- Weight control: Their high levels of proteins, fats, and fiber create a sense of satiety. This prolongs the amount of time before which a person begins to feel hungry again, which allows that person to have more control over their weight.
- Controls anemia: Their high levels of iron are perfect for preventing anemia, and are very useful when treating anorexia and children’s sweet tooth, especially when they’re used in vegetable salads.
- Blood sugar: Pistachios are a source of fiber, which helps control blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol levels, and apparently they can help in controlling weight.
- Pregnancy: This is a great nutritional support during pregnancy.
- Cancer and arteriosclerosis: This is good to include in a diet for people who suffer from cancer and arteriosclerosis.
- Fiber: Its high fiber content facilitates intestinal movements and prevents and fights constipation.
- Eye health: This seed is rich in Lutein, an antioxidant necessary for ocular health.
Other uses and properties
Aphrodisiac: considered to be one of the most powerful sexual stimulants in Asia.
How to eat them
It’s most common to eat them as a snack or appetizer. You can remove the shells from the seed and season them with a bit of salt. You can also eat them in a wide variety of dishes, like baking, ice cream, soups, stews, and even in water!
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