Key benefits of pistachios
Pistachios are rich in potassium (helps regulate the
body's fluid balance), phosphorus (helps build bones and
teeth) and magnesium (important element in the
conversion of the body's energy), and are also a good
source of vitamin B6 (aids protein metabolism and
absorption) and thiamine (enhances energy and promotes
These nuts also have a relatively low calorie value when
compared to other nuts and are cholesterol free, high in
fibre and low in saturated fat.
These nuts are also a very good source of protein.
Like most other nuts, pistachios can also cut heart
disease risk. The high monounsaturated fat content may
actually lower cholesterol levels in the blood.
Pistachios also contain antioxidants in the form of
phytochemicals. These plant nutrients have been
associated with a decreased risk for developing chronic
diseases, like cancer.
How much pistachios should you eat?
Pistachio nuts have a high monounsaturated fat and
protein content. Don't eat more than 30 nuts (18 g) more
than four times a week. To avoid piling on those kilos,
substitute other high fat foods with pistachios – don't
just add them on to your diet.