National Pistachio Day - Health Benefits and Fun Facts About Pistachios | Robyns.World

 

Today is one of those fun holidays, National Pistachio Day! To celebrate I thought I would share with you all some of the health benefits of eating pistachios.

  • 1 ounce serving of pistachios is 49 nuts and 160 calories
  • There are 6 grams of protein in a 1 ounce serving of pistachios
  • Pistachios are naturally cholesterol-free and sodium-free (be careful buying packaged pistachios that may have had salt added)
  • Along with getting lots of nuts in a serving, the act of having to stop and open each one helps you slow down the eating process which means you will fill fuller on less.
  • Pistachios contain good fats, vitamin E, polyphenols, lutein and zeaxanthin (antioxidants and carotenoids)
  • FDA evidence suggests that eating 1.5 ounces per day of pistachios (or most other nuts) may lower the risk of heart disease
  • Pistachios are an excellent post-exercise snack to help refuel your body
  • Research shows including pistachios as part of a balanced diet can help lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Now just a few fun facts about pistachios to share when you are snacking on them.

  • In the Middle East they call pistachios the “smiling nut” and in China, “happy nut” because of the hull splitting open when ripe
  • Pistachios grown on trees and originated in western Asia and Asia Minor. However, the USA is now #1 in global commercial production
  • Pistachio trees begins bearing fruit around 5-7 years of age.
  • Pistachios are harvested by machines that shake the trees
  • The annual American Pistachio Industry 2015 Conference will be held in San Diego, CA on February 16-18
  • Many Pistachio growers encourage owls in the orchards for the purpose of controlling coyotes that can cause serious damage.
  • Thankfully, the red dye they used to add to pistachios due to consumer demand is over with.

Are you a fan of pistachios?

robyn post sig  

Sources for information http://www.americanpistachios.org/