What are Pistachios?
Pistachios are one of the oldest edible nuts and are commonly used all over the world. Pistachio nuts belong to the Anacardiaceae family from the genus Pistacia. A pistachio tree takes about 10 to 12 years to produce the first crop. They are drupe, where the fruit has a large seed in the centre, which is edible. The nuts of pistachio are not seasonal and are available all year long.
Pistachios are one of the few nuts that contain most of the nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, amino acids, fats, and dietary fibre. They are rich in minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, and sodium. They also provide you with essential vitamins like vitamins A, B6, C, E, and K, as well as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, choline, and betaine. Pistachios have a lower calorie and fat content compared to many other nuts and dry fruits.
Consuming pistachios regularly can decrease the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the body. The antioxidants, phytosterols, and unsaturated fatty acids are great for promoting a healthy heart. The nuts are also a potent source of an amino acid called l-arginine, which prevents the hardening of arteries and the formation of blood clots.
The major health benefits of pistachios include:
- Antioxidant Properties
- Promotes Heart Health
- Helps with weight management,
- Prevention of macular degeneration, and hypertension,
- Improved digestion.
- It also boosts blood, brain and skin health.