Pistachios originated in the Middle East and are mentioned in a variety of ancient texts. They’ve been a part of the human diet for thousands of years. With health benefits widely known and celebrated in some populations. Let’s take a look at just what sort of punch these nuts pack.
What’s so great about pistachios?
- Pistachios contain antioxidants and are resistant to oxidation when they’re roasted. This means that not only are they great for you, they also stand up to roasting and won’t come to you pre-filled with toxins from their preparation.
- They can help your intestinal bacteria to flourish. They have been shown to improve intestinal health by encouraging the growth of bacteria that secrete helpful substances.
- Contains nutrients needed by your heart. They have been linked with a reduction in cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Helping your heart to function at its most effective level.
- Because they come in a shell, they are inherently good at preventing you from overeating. This is great because let’s be honest—downing some delicious pistachios might be too easy sometimes!
What to watch out for
- They contain compounds called fructans. These are not harmful, but some people may find themselves a little sensitive to them, and this could cause some bloating or stomach upset. If your body is telling you pistachios aren’t the best option, listen. This could be why.
- While the protein and fiber content in pistachios is great, be careful not to eat too many. This is especially easy if you purchase pre-shelled pistachios. Consuming between ½ cup and 1 cup of (shelled) pistachios has shown no significant weight gain.
Pistachios are a great addition to any diet, but as with anything else, add them in moderation. If your body dislikes the natural fructans in them, be sure to pay attention to avoid causing unnecessary intestinal inflammation. But for the vast majority of people, they are a phenomenal choice!