Today is Pistachio Day. Oooh I love these little green nuts. They are so full of goodness. They originated in the Middle East but now are grown in California and the Mediterranean as well.
Pistachio's are a great little staple in the diet and they are thought to give you good heart health. I love that the shell makes it also fun to eat as you have to peel them out of the shell to eat them. They are actually from a tree. I always thought they were from a plant, I'm not sure why I thought that though. What’s more, they contain several essential nutrients and can aid weight loss and heart and gut health (who doesn't want good gut health).
Some fun facts about Pistachio Nuts
1. Contain healthy fats and are a good source of protein, fibre, and antioxidants.
2. Nutrients In Pistachio's
If you have on average around 50 Pistachio's, that will give you a good protein hit at 6g. 13g of fat but of which 90% of that is unsaturated fats (good fats), 3g of Fibre and 8g of Carbs. As well as a whole host of other amazing nutrients. They are also the most richest source of Vitamin B-12. Vitamin B6 is important for several bodily functions, including blood sugar regulation and the formation of haemoglobin, a molecule that carries oxygen in red blood cells.
3. Lowest Calorie Nuts
Fortunately, pistachios are among the lowest-calorie nuts compared to others. Most nuts are good for everything but can be high in calories. So lets stick with around 50 pistachio's which is equivalent to 28g of the nuts. This amount contains 159 calories, compared with 185 calories in walnuts and 193 calories in pecans. They also have a higher ratio of essential amino acids which are the building blocks of protein which means the building blocks of life. This is more than any other nut. Now isn't that amazing. They are also high in fibre to which keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
4. Good Gut Bacteria
Pistachio's are high in fibre with 3g per 24g serving which promotes healthy gut production. Most fibres travel though the gut undigested but some will stay and get broken up to create healthy prebiotics promoting healthy gut bacteria. In effectively producing you with good healthy excrement.
5. Great for Blood Sugar Levels
Despite having a higher carb content than most nuts, pistachios have a low glycaemic index (GI), meaning they don’t cause large blood sugar spikes. If you think about it, most cakes, chocolates, high sugar foods will give you a spike in blood sugar levels causing you to feel tired and sluggish. This amazing nut will help you not to do that and will keep your body in line.
6. They are Delicious
They really are one good little nut so definitely deserve to be eaten no matter what. You can add them to smoothies, salads, pizzas and eat as a great snack.
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