Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pistachios and health benefits

  • I have eaten pistachios before, but never realized how loaded they are with nutrition. I had thought they were a higher fat nut, and that I shouldn't eat very much of them. Recently I was at my husbands office, and started eating some he had and really enjoyed them. Then I bought some, and started learning the nutritional benefits of them. I send them in my children's and husbands lunches. I find that they are eating them for snacks on their own. They are a treat for me, I am craving them in place of something sweet. I am craving salty instead of sweet. It has been wonderful to find another healthy snack option for my family. I love them! Enjoy some pistachios today. Here is a recipe I used them in.

Health benefits:

  • 3 grams of fiber per serving (about the same amount of fiber as a bowl of oatmeal)
  • trans fat free
  • deliver 30 vitamins
  • 18% daily requirement in one serving
  • 45 mcg of beta- carotene
  • also contains potassium,copper, calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, magnesium, riboflavin, zinc, phosphorus
  • in the group of foods high in antioxidants
  • may help lower cholesterol
  • one serving is 49 nuts 1/2 C in shells 160 calories. One of the lowest calories in nuts per serving.
Other information:

  • Eating them with the shells helps you slow down how much you eat.
  • Seeing the empty shells is a reminder of how much you have eaten.
  • You need to eat 3 plums in order to get the same amount of fiber in a serving of pistachios.
  • They have been eaten for 9,00 years they are one of the oldest flowering nut tree.
  • They are related to the mango fruit and the spice sumur.
  • In Iran pistachios are known are the "smiling nut.
  • China they they call it the "happy nut" They are also called the "green almond"
  • When they nut ripens it fills so fast the shell splits.
  • Feb. 26Th is pistachio day.
  • One of the trees can bear nuts for up to 200 years.

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