Not only are pistachio nuts tasty and fun to eat, they're also super healthy. Technically a fruit, these edible seeds of the Pistacia Vera tree contain healthy fats and are a good source of protein, fiber and antioxidants. They also contain several essential nutrients and have benefits for weight loss, as well as heart and gut health. Interestingly, people have been eating pistachios since 7,000 BC. Nowadays, they're very popular in many dishes, including ice cream and desserts.
Health Benefit of Pistachio:
1- Pistachios are among the most antioxidant-rich nuts. They're high in lutein and Zeaxanthin, both of which promote eye health.(2,3)
2- Pistachios have fewer calories and more protein than most nuts. Also, their essential amino acid content is higher than any other nut.(3,4)
3- Pistachios are rich in fiber and protein, both of which increase satiety by helping you feel full and eat less. May also help you lose weight.(1,5)
4- As well as being high in antioxidants, pistachios may lower blood cholesterol and improve blood pressure, thus lowering your risk of heart disease. (3,4,6)
5- Pistachio nuts may play an important role in promoting blood vessel health. That's because they are rich in L-arginine, which, when converted to nitric oxide, which helps dilate your blood vessels.(1,7)
6- Pistachios have a low glycemic index, which may promote lower blood sugar levels.(1,3,8)