6 Surprising health benefits of eating pistachios daily

Most of us know about pistachios because of that delicious green ice cream! But pistachios are way more than that.

Commonly used in Mediterranean cooking, their health properties have been known for a long time.

Today we focus on six health benefits of pistachios. Variety, as we know is the base of a healthy diet and we can all benefit from a  handful every now and then.

1. 1. Good for circulation

Pistachios regulate blood pressure

According to a study on the effect of pistachio diet, they contain phytosterols, arginine, resveratrol and lutein. All of which have strange names but one goal: to regulate blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, care for the heart muscles and prevent atherosclerosis. Not bad for a little green nut.

2. 2. High in protein

Pistachios, a great source of protein

With approximately 21% of their total weight being protein, pistachios are a great source for vegetarians and vegans. They also boast of a high ratio of essential amino-acids compared with other nuts.

3. 3. High in antioxidants

Pistachios are abundant in antioxidants

Studies show pistachios are abundant in antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and resveratrol. All nutrients that protect against premature aging and help maintain healthy skin. 

4. 4. Maintain blood sugar levels

Pistachios reduces blood sugar levels

Another study, on nutrition attributes and health effects of pistachio nuts, shows they are the king of nuts when it comes to preventing type 2 diabetes!

Regular consumption of pistachios reduces blood sugar levels and improves blood pressure.

 
 

5. 5. Good for your eyesight

Pistachios, good for your eyesight

If you're already at that point where you need to start taking care of your eyesight, pistachio is an excellent choice.

They contain lutein, riboflavin, carotenoids and Vitamin E, which doctors (like Dr John D Goosey ) say help maintain good eyesight.

6. 6. They prevent anaemia

Pistachios prevent anaemia

Pistachio has been used for a long time to fight anemia. It is a nut that contains good levels of iron, an ally to improve the diet.

7. How many can we eat a day?

Pistachios, a healthy choice of snack

All nuts, whether almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts or cashews contain antioxidants, vitamins and supplements that make them a healthy choice of snack. But you can't eat half a kilo of nuts every day. Moderation is key. The general recommendation is to stick to a handful of nuts a day. That's about 30 grams without the shells.

8. Add them to your meals

Benefits of Eating Pistachios

Ground or chopped pistachios are a great companion for all kinds of salads, especially if they contain avocado or eggs. They also add a special touch of green color that makes the dish more attractive.

Peter O Brien

Peter started out his professional life as a restaurant critic but ended up moving to the kitchen, realizing that his passion didn’t only lie in tasting the food, but MAKING it. Follow his delicious recipes, as well as useful articles about the many benefits healthy and delicious food will bring to your life.+ info

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