Were we to find an image to illustrate what pistachios mean, we would definitely choose the picture of a superhero. They don’t wear a cape, neither do they have superpowers to show off in front of friends. However, these little green treats have many benefits for human health. Packed with many nutrients such as fiber, potassium, magnesium, zinc and vitamins, pistachios are not only a delicious snack to take between meals, but also healthy nut that may help with weight management, decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and maintain normal blood cholesterol levels. If pistachios aren’t in your life yet, let’s make room for them.
1. Pistachios reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease as they are packed with a wide range of nutrients and bioactive compounds
Fiber, healthy fats, phytosterols and antioxidant compounds (including polyphenols) contained in pistachios make them a heart healthy snack. As they are high in unsaturated fats, these can help to maintain normal blood cholesterol levels.
2. Pistachios are a good ally for facing type 2 diabetes
A significant body of scientific evidence has shown that eating pistachios is associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. That is the conclusion, for instance, of a research conducted with a group of 54 prediabetic individuals. They consumed 2 diets for a period of 4 months: one was a pistachio supplemented diet (including 57 g per day) whilst the other was a control diet. Levels of insulin, glucose and other factors directly linked to diabetes were compared to those participants who did not consume pistachios within their diet. Findings showed that pistachios may have a glucose- and insulin-lowering effect, so they can help reduce the risk of diabetes type 2.
3. The inclusion of pistachios on a diet don’t contribute to gain weight
First of all, pistachios have a high fiber content and fiber is important for weight management and to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Secondly, it’s been proved that the act of shelling pistachios slows down consumption, resulting in fewer calories ingested. The visual effect of shells on the table acts as a reminder of portion control and helps individuals to moderate their consumption. In addition, the intake of pistachios as a snack may lead to a higher reduction of body mass index compared to a refined carbohydrate snack.
4. The energy provided by pistachios helps muscle maintenance
This is the reason why just a handful of pistachios per day can fuel human energy so as to optimize performance in a daily routine. Pistachios also contain vitamin E, which helps to protect human cells from oxidative stress and ageing.
5. Pistachios improve sexual life as they contribute to treat erectile dysfunction in men
There is scientific evidence showing that a pistachio diet improves erectile function and serum lipids in patients with erectile dysfunction.
6. All these properties transform pistachios not only into a healthy snack, but also in a satisfying food to be enjoyed in partnership
Set a table, bring a bowl full of pistachios and put aside time to be shared with your friends. Tell them your plans for next summer or pay attention to their stories, thoughts or beliefs about life. Friendship springs around a table, a soda drink and a handful of pistachios. Let yourself be seduced by its delicious taste and enjoy those precious moments.