Pistachios are a great source of protein, antioxidants, fiber, good fats and other nutrients
Nuts like pistachios are one of the main components of a healthy Mediterranean diet, which is associated with a lower risk of heart diseases, respiratory illnesses and cancer. So pistachios not only help with heart and gut health, but can also help you keep your weight in check.
What are the health benefits of pistachios?
Aid in weight loss
Pistachios are a good source of protein, with about 6 grams of protein per ounce. They are also low in calories; about 50 pistachios barely contain 160 calories.
Because of this high-protein, low-calorie combination, they’re a satisfying snack that can help you shed extra pounds.
Lower blood sugar
Pistachios are also considered a low glycemic index food, meaning they keep you full for a longer time and cause a slow rise in blood sugar level. So they’re especially good for you if you’re suffering from diabetes.
Strengthen immune system
Being rich in vitamin B6, pistachios help maintain a healthy nervous system and a strong immune system.
Prevent cell damage
Pistachios also contain antioxidants like vitamin E, polyphenols and the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. Antioxidants are plant-based compounds that help get rid of free oxygen radicals in the body and have anti-aging properties.
Pistachios help improve the level of good (HDL) cholesterol by being a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. With one serving of pistachios, the body gets 13 grams of fat, most of which (11.5 grams) comes from these heart-healthy fats. Studies suggest that these nuts also help to lower the levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol due to their high content of monounsaturated fats.
Of course, it’s better to go for the unsalted kind to lower the amount of sodium in your diet.
Promote gut health
Like all other nuts, pistachios are rich in fiber. Good fiber intake is beneficial for your gut because it prevents constipation.
Improve skin and hair
Pistachios contain biotin, which promotes healthy hair growth, as well as vitamin E, promotes skin health.
Medically Reviewed on 5/19/2021
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