December 07, 2022

Health Benefits of Pistachio Nuts

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Nuts are some of the most nutritious foods that you can eat, and pistachios are no exception. A member of the cashew family, the nuts come from a small tree that has its roots in Central Asia and the Middle East. It’s actually believed that the nuts were first consumed as far back as 7000 B.C.

One ounce (approximately 49 nuts) has around 160 calories, so you’ll want to limit the number you have, but they also are a healthy fat that has other great qualities as well.

CHC for Rehabilitation and Nursing has a look at five health benefits of pistachios.

  1. Great for Cholesterol

Pistachios are the daily double when it comes to cholesterol. Not only can they lower LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in the blood, but they have also been found to raise HDL (good cholesterol) levels too.

  1. High in Potassium

If you need to increase your potassium intake but are getting sick of bananas, one serving of pistachios contains as much potassium as half of a large banana.

  1. Will Leave You Feeling Fuller

Between 6 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber, pistachios are a snack that will stay with you a while. They’ll leave you feeling full and satisfied, so you won’t snack on other foods that may not be as nutritious. Because of this, they are a great weight-loss food.

  1. High in Antioxidants

Of all nuts, only walnuts and pecans have more antioxidants than pistachios. Some may protect against cancer and heart disease, and these nuts are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin, which are vital for eye health.

  1. Good for Blood Vessels

The amino acid L-arginine is in pistachios, and this converts to nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide helps blood vessels relax and expand, which increases blood flow and can reduce the risk of heart disease.

 

 

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