Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Pistachios

Pistachios are wonder nuts not just for the amazing health and nutrition benefits they carry. We bet there are quite a handful of interesting facts about this in-shell nut that you are not aware about.

Here we present a few such interesting facts about Pistachios.

  • Pistachios can lower your stress.
  • Pistachios have a significant amount of potassium and that helps in lowering the stress hormone cortisol in our body.
  • Pistachio nuts have the capability to lower impact of everyday stress on people.
  • The participants of this study had high cholesterol and normal blood pressure. As they included 43 grams of pistachio nuts in their daily diet there was a change in their stress level experienced with the same lifestyle routine.

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Skinny nut

Pistachios are also called skinny nuts and the reason is their amazing nutrition profile. One pistachio nut has 3 calories and one cup of shelled pistachios have about 713 calories. This skinny nut has more dietary fiber and thiamin than yeast bread. Interestingly, 90% of the fat contained in pistachio is mono unsaturated fat which also lowers the risk of heart diseases.

The happy nut

This nut has some interesting names across the world and one such name is with which it is famous in China: “The Happy Nut”. In Iran, it is called “The Smiling Nut”. The Middle Eastern folks go a step ahead and often refer to this nut as the “smiling pistachio.” And if in a Middle East country you hear the pistachio shell open while you are sitting under a pistachio tree, it is considered a sign of good luck endowing on you.

Nutritional punch

Pistachios are high on nutritional value. They have a significant amount of protein, magnesium, thiamin, fiber, and phosphorus. They are also a very good source of Vitamin B6, copper, and manganese.

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Reduces risk of cancer

The phytosterols and antioxidants like carotenoids beta-carotene and lutein, found in pistachio helps in lowering the risk of cancer.

Perfect workout snack

As pistachios have a combination of protein, fiber and carbohydrates, they are perfect to be consumed as a pre or post workout snack. They not only give you the right amount of energy you need but also keep you full for longer time.

Wonderful for your skin

Pistachios are a good source of Vitamin E which is a very effective antioxidant that works wonders for our skin. Vitamin E actually helps in protecting our skin cells from the impact of free radicals which otherwise damage our skin. It also helps in preventing skin aging prematurely.

Preventing Diabetes

Phosphorus is a mineral that improves glucose tolerance in our body. One single cup of pistachio contains 60% of the recommended daily value of phosphorous which helps in preventing diabetes.

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Boosts Hemoglobin

Vitamin B6 which is in plenty in pistachios is a key ingredient in making hemoglobin in our body, which in turn is responsible for taking oxygen to our cells through blood. Hemoglobin also boosts the amount of oxygen carried in the blood. Thus, having pistachios can keep our blood and cells much healthier.

Keeping eyesight safe

Lutein and zeaxanthin are two carotenoids which are found in pistachio and not in any other nut. They help in decreasing any kind of risk of age caused macular degeneration which often results in visual impairments and acquired blindness. Thus, pistachios are great for the health of your eyes!

Prehistoric snack

Apart from those amazing health related fact, there is one interesting ancient fact about this nut. It is known to be a snack from the prehistoric times and is also among the few oldest flowering nut trees. It is estimated that human
beings have been having this nut for as long as 9000 years. And they are also one of the two nuts that got a mention in the Bible.

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