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  • What Are Pistachios?
  • Pistachio Health Benefits
  • Risk of Pistachios
  • Pistachio Nutrition
  • How to Prepare and Eat Pistachios

What Are Pistachios?

Pistachios are the seeds of the pistachio tree. They’re usually green and slightly sweet. They’re called nuts, but botanically pistachios are seeds. People have been eating them for thousands of years.

The kernels can have different colors, ranging from yellow to shades of green. They’re usually about an inch long and half an inch in diameter. But if you want to taste one, you’ll have to crack open its hard shell first.

The pistachio tree originated in western Asia, and archaeologists believe pistachios became a food as early as 7,000 B.C. They came to the United States in the mid-19th century and commercial production began in the 1970s.

California, Arizona, and New Mexico make up all of America’s commercial pistachio production. You can buy pistachios shelled or unshelled, roasted, or salted. They’re available in most grocery stores, and you can buy them in bulk from pistachio growers.

Pistachio Health Benefits

Among the possible health benefits of pistachios:

High levels of unsaturated fatty acids and potassium. Both haveВ antioxidantВ and anti-inflammatory traits.

They can lower your chances forВ cardiovascular disease.В

Pistachios are bursting with the fiber, minerals, and unsaturated fat that can help keep yourВ blood sugar,В blood pressure, and cholesterol in check.

Their fiber andВ proteinВ can make you feel fuller for longer. This fiber can also have a positive effect on your gut by aiding “good” bacteria.

They can help you manage your weight since they’re a nutritious and satisfying snack. This may help you eat less overall and lose weight. Buying pistachios in their shells slows down your eating.

Some studies suggest that eating pistachios lowers the amount of fat and sugar (glycemic index) in your blood, as well as improves the flexibility and tone of your blood vessels.В

Risk of Pistachios

Although raw pistachios don’t have much sodium (1 cup has about 1 milligram), that’s not true for roasted pistachios, which are often salted. A cup of dry roasted pistachios with salt has 526 milligrams of sodium. Too much sodium can lead to things likeВ high blood pressure, heart disease, andВ stroke.В

If you have fructan intolerance — a bad reaction to a type ofВ carbohydrateВ — pistachios might bother your belly. If so, you may have:

Pistachio Nutrition

A 1-ounce serving of pistachios, which is about 49 kernels, has about 159 calories and:

7.7 grams of carbs

3 grams of fiber

Pistachios areВ cholesterol-free and a great source ofВ vitaminsВ andВ minerals, including:

They also pack quite a punch ofВ potassium. In fact, a 2-ounce serving has more potassium than a large banana and as much fiber as a cup of cookedВ broccoli.

How to Prepare and Eat Pistachios

Pistachios can sometimes be tricky to eat since they have a tough shell. If there’s a crack in the shell, you can use the shell of another pistachio to pry it open. If there isn’t a crack, you can place the nuts on a cutting board, cover them with a towel, and hit them just hard enough so the shells open.

Pistachios will stay fresh (shelled or in shell) for up to a year in a refrigerator or for up to 3 years in the freezer.

You can enjoy them raw, on their own, and in things like:

Baklava (a sweet pastry)

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United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service: “Basic Report: 12151, Nuts, pistachio nuts, raw.”

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: “Effects of pistachios on cardiovascular disease risk factors and potentials mechanisms of action: a dose-response study.”

Natural Product Research: “Health benefits of pistachios consumption.”

British Journal of Nutrition: “Effects of almond and pistachio consumption on gut microbiota composition in a randomized cross-over human feeding study.”

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources: “Nuts: Safe Methods for Consumers to Handle, Store, and Enjoy.”

Tufts Medical Center: “Fructan Intolerance.”

Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School: “Diabetes? Go nuts to lower your heart risk.”

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Nutrition: “Effect of pistachio nut consumption on endothelial function and arterial stiffness.”

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Pistachios are probably one of the best examples of the saying “good things come in small packages.” While this small nut may not seem like much, pistachios are full of plant-based goodness that can do a lot for your body’s health. From keeping you full to lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease, choosing to eat pistachios over any other nut may help your body in the long run. Plus, they’re just salty and delicious!

To prove to you all the benefits of what happens to your body when you eat pistachios, we spoke with a few registered dietitians about the exact science behind pistachios and why they are so good for you—and their answers did not disappoint. Here’s what they had to say, and for even more healthy tips, be sure to check out our list of The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

They’ll fill you up.

Thanks to the healthy fats, plant-based protein, and fiber in pistachios, this salty snack can help you feel fuller for longer! 6254a4d1642c605c54bf1cab17d50f1e

“Pistachios nuts are great snacks, and most people love them for their taste and great nutritional value,” says Edie Reads, RD and chief editor at healthadvise.org. “These pistacia vera tree seeds are a healthy source of fats, antioxidants, fiber, and proteins. Just a single serving of about 49 pistachios, also contains vitamin B-6, copper, Manganese, phosphorus, calories, and carbs.”

They can protect your eyes from blue light damage.

“Pistachios are high in zeaxanthin and Lutein, which are great in protecting your eyes from blue light damage,” says Reads. “Further, tocopherols and polyphenols—abundant Pistachio antioxidants, also protect against heart disease and cancer.”

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They can help you lose weight.

“Pistachios are also one of the most weight-loss-friendly foods,” says Reads. “Their high level of protein and fiber increases the feeling of fullness. That helps you promote the feeling of fullness. The high fiber level is also good for gut bacteria. That helps reduce the risks of digestive disorders like colon cancer.”

They can lower your cholesterol levels.

Reads points out how pistachios can actually help lower blood pressure, which in return helps to lower your LDL “bad” cholesterol. Which then leads to a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

“Pistachios are packed with both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats,” says Mackenzie Burgess, RDN from recipe developer at Cheerful Choices. “Research suggests a balanced diet rich in these unsaturated fats can help improve blood cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and reduce risk of heart disease.”

The fiber in the pistachios also helps with reducing cholesterol in the body, according to Trista Best, MPH, RD, LD at Balanced One Supplements.

“You are reducing the cholesterol in your body, again due to the fiber provided through pistachios along with their antioxidants. Fiber helps remove cholesterol from the body by sticking to it in the blood and eliminating it naturally.”

They’ll improve your mood.

“You may improve your mood by increasing your B6 vitamin intake,” says Best. “A serving of pistachios provides the consumer with nearly 30% of the recommended daily value of this nutrient. Vitamin B6 is known for its involvement in mood, mental clarity, and improved energy side effects.”

They’ll create a healthy gut.

“You are improving your gut health by feeding good gut bacteria,” says Best. “The form of fiber in pistachios acts as a prebiotic all of which can help reduce your risk of gastrointestinal-related cancers.”

They’re satisfying.

“Pistachios make the perfect nourishing snack, salad topping, or flavorful addition to desserts,” says Burgess. “Try making heart-healthy avocado truffles rolled in chopped pistachios for a crunch.”

So start snacking on pistachios today with one of these 15 Perfect Pistachio Recipes!

How to eat pistachios

Sharon Palmer

Published on December 3, 2020

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Find new and innovative ways to highlight this nutritious, delicious green nut with these top 5 ways to use pistachios in the kitchen.

When pistachios come to call, there’s no denying them. While this nut is one of our favorite snacks, pistachios have been enjoyed since the seventh century BCE and were even mentioned in the Bible. Native to the Middle East, pistachios were considered an aphrodisiac by the Queen of Sheba, and Chinese legend says they bring good luck to those who hear the shells pop open while sitting beneath the “smiling pistachio” tree.

Pistachios fresh from the California harvest.

Pistachios (Pistacia vera), which are part of the cashew family, grow in grape-like clusters, each nut encased inside its own reddish hull. When ripe, in late summer and early fall, pistachios naturally split open. The drying process opens the shells further. It was really fun seeing the pistachios harvested in California a couple of years ago, and I’ve even seen pistachios growing wild in Greece.

Pistachios, in the hull, fresh from the California harvest.

Pistachio Nutrition

Plump with plant protein, powerful phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, pistachios deliver a punch of health benefits. A single, one-ounce serving is 49 nuts, more than any other snack nut, with just 160 calories. Pistachios are also packed with healthy fats and important nutrients, such as thiamin (16% DV) and B6 (18% DV), satiating dietary fiber (3 grams, 12% DV), and protein (6 grams, 12% DV). Compared to other nuts, pistachios have the highest levels of potassium, many vitamins (vitamin K, vitamin B6 and thiamin) and minerals (magnesium, copper, and iron), and certain plant compounds, including carotenoids. Pistachio’s high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential has been linked to health improvement.

Daily pistachio consumption by adults with type 2 diabetes was shown to improve cardiovascular risk by significantly lowering total cholesterol and the ratio of total to HDL (“good”) cholesterol and triglycerides compared to those who did not eat them. Pistachios also promote heart health by promoting blood vessel health. They contain the amino acid L-arginine, which your body converts to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide dilates your blood vessels and helps your heart lining (endothelium) stay healthy.

In addition, pistachios have been linked with weight control. Pistachios are high in protein and fiber, leaving you feeling satiated longer. In one weight loss program that studied participants for twelve weeks, those who ate 1.9 ounces (

¼ cup) of pistachios as a daily snack had twice the reduction in body mass index than those who ate 2 ounces (

¼ cup) of pretzels. Try them with the shells on! Studies have shown that eating in-shell pistachios leads to a 41% lower calorie consumption than eating shelled pistachios.

With so much to love about pistachios, what are you waiting for? Try my top 5 ways to use pistachios!

Top 5 Ways to Use Pistachios

1. Sprinkle Them over Your Morning Cereal. Pistachios will keep you full for hours, so you won’t get hungry again with two hours until lunch. They are a great addition of a little crunch to your morning porridge or oatmeal. The balance of sweet and savory with the crunchy texture is hard to beat!

Pistachio Hummus

2. Spread the Hummus Love! Have you ever tried pistachio hummus? It’s delicious and a lovely shade of green, thanks to those beneficial phytochemicals. Serve it with sprouted grain crackers or fresh veggies for a perfect anytime snack.

Kabocha Squash Leek Soup with Pistachios

3. Blend into Soup. Pistachios are a soup-er way to thicken up a soup, while packing it with nutrients and a lovely nutty flavor. When paired with rich squash and refreshing leek, the combination is creamy and delicious.

Pistachio Turmeric Rice Power Bowl

4. Power up a Plant-based Entree. Pistachios are an easy way to boost protein in entrees, such as this power bowl packed with protein and fiber. These nuts are great additions to pasta dishes, salads, whole grain pilafs, and risotto. The best part is that you can easily add them into your favorite recipes without any hassle.

Pistachio Cherry Coconut Crisp

5. Sweeten it Up! Pistachios are fabulous in sweet treats, such as cobblers, crumbles, cookies, and puddings. A little bit of nutty crunch with this cherry coconut crisp is perfect for those who want to indulge their sweet tooth with just the right amount of sweetness. Pistachios in desserts, who knew?!

For some of my other favorite plant-based recipes featuring pistachios, check out the following:

Pistachio’s heart-healthy nutrient profile make them a worthy addition to your diet.

How to eat pistachios

Nutrition Notes

Relative to other nuts, pistachios have the fewest calories per ounce. They’re also rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat (54% of their fat) and deliver potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Long regarded for their culinary use, pistachios are also known for their ability to help fight heart disease. Numerous studies have shown pistachios help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Eating pistachios may guard against tye 2 diabetes, too. Pistachios are a good source of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid linked to protection from type 2 diabetes. Scientists also speculate that the unique combination of unsaturated fats and antioxidants in pistachios may enhance insulin sensivity.

If you’re watching your sodium intake, opt for unsalted roasted pistachios. A serving of unsalted pistachios has only 2 mg of sodium, whereas the same amount of salted pistachios has 126 mg.

The best way to eat nuts is portion controlled – pre-portion one serving of nuts in a snack-sized bag. Don’t snack directly from a large package or jar of nuts! You’ll end up eating more than you intended, and more than you need.

Per 1 ounce (28 g) (49 kernels) unsalted dry roasted pistachios:

(Source: Canadian Nutrition File, 2007b)

Varieties

Pistachios are native to Asia and the Middle East where they were grown as early as 7000 BC. Since pistachios have been grown and cultivated for thousands of years many different varieties exist.

The two main varieties available today are Kerman and Peters, which are common in North America. Other varieties differ in how easily their shell opens and the size of the kernel.

Despite the common misconception that red pistachios are different from their green counterpart, the red colour is actually dye, not a natural pigment. Dyed pistachios are coloured to hide their imperfections. Green pistachios on the other hand are natural; the green colour comes from chlorophyll in the plant.

While dried pistachios are most popular, fresh pistachios are also common in some parts of the world where they’re cultivated.

Buying

Pistachios can be found in stores year round. They’re available raw, roasted and salted, in the shell or shelled.

Whether you prefer to buy pistachios in their shell, or as kernels, make sure you buy a high quality product. Choose nuts that have a hard shell and an intact kernel. In general, the greener the kernel the fresher the nut.

Choose pistachios that have their shell open at one end. A closed shell is a sign the nut was picked prematurely.

If buying pistachios in bulk, buy nuts from a reputable store that has a high turnover of product. A good whiff of the nuts will help determine their freshness – if they smell off, they’ve likely gone rancid due to their high fat content. Avoid any nuts that have visible mold on them.

If you want to avoid food colouring, opt for green pistachios instead of red pistachios.

Storing

Because of their high fat content and open shell, pistachios, like all nuts, are susceptible to going rancid. To prolong their freshness store pistachios in a cool, dark, dry place. Exposure to light, heat and moisture for an extended period of time will decrease their shelf life.

Pistachios can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 6 months, or the freezer for up to 12 months. If refrigerated or frozen nuts have lost their crunch, simply place them on a baking sheet and roast for 5 minutes at 375°F before consuming.

Preparing

When eating pistachios from the shell, split the shell and eat the small kernel inside. The kernel may have a thin skin on it that can be eaten or removed before eating. If you find a nut in a shell that doesn’t pry apart easily, simply use a nutcracker to open it up.

Eating

Pistachios taste great when eaten right out of the shell, or added to prepared dishes. They’re commonly added to sweet dishes including baklava and ice cream. Due to their healthy fat profile, pistachios are a great addition to breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

Healthy ways to enjoy

Breakfast:

Lunch:

Dinner:

Snacks:

  • Substitute pistachios for other nuts in cookie, square and muffin recipes.
  • For a warm afternoon snack, place 1/4 cup (50 ml) of pistachios on a baking sheet and toast at 375° for 5 to 7 minutes, until lightly brown and fragrant. Lightly sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

How to eat pistachios

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At a Glance

Pistachios are a type of tree nut. The small, egg-shaped nuts grow in a tight shell which can be cracked open with your fingertips. Pistachios offer plenty of protein, fiber, and fat in their small package. They are also rich in vitamins A and C and are a good source of minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium. However, they are also calorie-dense (half a cup of pistachios has about 350 calories). Pistachios can be purchased raw or roasted, salted or unsalted, and sometimes they are dyed red. For healthier eating, purchase pistachios in their most natural form, and enjoy as a nutritious snack.

Overview

Pistachios are a type of nut that grow on trees.

Identification

Pistachios are surrounded by a hard shell that has a slight opening within it. Once the shell is cracked open, the green, egg-shaped pistachio is revealed.

While there are several varieties of pistachios, Turkish and California pistachios are the most common in North America.

Nutrition Info

Half a cup of pistachios has about 346 calories, 12.5g of protein, 16.9g of carbohydrates, 10.3g of fiber, 4.7g of sugar, and 27.9g of fat.

Pistachios are also rich in vitamins A and C and are a good source of minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium.

Selection

Pistachios are available year-round and can be purchased in their shells or with their shells removed. You can also purchase pistachios raw or roasted.

If you are selecting pistachios with their shells, choose those with partially opened shells. Closed shells indicate that the nuts are immature and thus flavourless.

Whether the nut is shelled or unshelled, look for the greenest nuts you can find. This is a sign of great flavour and maturity.

For healthier eating, avoid salted pistachios, oil roasted pistachios, or those whose naturally beige shells have been dyed red or whitened. Instead, if you like them salted add a bit of sea salt yourself, and if you want them roasted, choose dry roasted, or roast at home.

Storage

Pistachios should be placed in an airtight container and kept in the fridge or freezer. Be sure to eat them within six month if kept in the fridge, or one year if kept in the freezer.

Preparation

If you purchased shelled pistachios, simply crack open the shell using your fingers and then eat the pistachio nut.

If you purchased raw pistachios, you can eat them raw or you can roast them. To roast, simply spread them out evenly on a baking pan and bake at 325F until they are light brown and fragrant (5-10 minutes). Be sure to check the nuts frequently and to stir them to ensure even toasting. Once roasted, let them cool for a few hours before consuming. If you want to salt the nuts just sprinkle some sea salt on them before putting them into the oven.

Recipe: PISTACHIO AND KAFFIR LIME CRUSTED COD WITH CRUNCHY PISTACHIO SWEET POTATO

How to eat pistachios

Pistachio does double-time in this dish: Once as a crunchy, savory spiced topping over sweet potato, and again as a nutty and aromatic coating over tender white fish.

Ingredients

Directions

Prep Time: 35 minutes Cook Time: 70 minutes Yield: 4 servings

For the Sweet Potatoes:

First, bake the sweet potatoes: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash and dry the sweet potatoes, then, using a fork, poke small holes into them. Wrap them tightly in tinfoil, then place them on a baking tray in the oven. Bake for 45-60 minutes, depending on the size of potatoes. They are done when a fork or knife pierces the flesh easily.

While the sweet potato is baking, make the crunchy topping: Add sesame seeds, cumin seeds, and coriander seeds to a skillet over medium-high heat. Toast, stirring frequently to prevent burning, for about 4-5 minutes, or until seeds are golden and fragrant. Allow to cool, and then add the toasted seed mixture, pistachios, hot pepper flakes, and salt to a coffee grinder or food processor and pulse briefly until a textured mixture is created. (Make sure to leave some big pieces of pistachios unmilled for crunch!)

Once the potatoes are done cooking allow them to cool slightly before unwrapping them and cutting them in half. Serve each half on a plate, and top with generous amounts of crunchy pistachio topping. Drizzle with olive oil or a pat of butter, and additional salt and pepper if desired, then serve alongside the pistachio crusted cod.

For the Cod:

To make the crust, add pistachios, kaffir lime leaves, pepper, and salt to a coffee grinder or food processor and pulse until a fine meal is achieved. Transfer the meal to a wide, shallow bowl.

Take the fish filets and dredge them thoroughly (both sides) in the meal.

Heat olive oil or butter in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and wait until oil is sizzling. Then, add filets to the pan. (You may have to do this in several batches to avoid crowding the pan.) Fry each filet for 2-3 minutes on each side, for a total of about 5 minutes per filet. Transfer to a plate when done, and garnish with finely minced fresh parsley or cilantro, a squeeze of fresh lime, and additional salt and pepper if desired.

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Can dogs have pistachios? While pistachios go well with almonds and the like in a bag of trail mix, pistachios and dogs do not mix.

One thing to know about pistachios is that they are very high in fat. While pistachios have certain health benefits and are ultimately not toxic to dogs, their high fat content could make them pretty sick if they have them in large amounts. According to the ASPCA, the high fat content in nuts like pistachios, pecans, and macadamia nuts can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.

Are pistachios safe for dogs? What other health risks are associated with feeding dogs pistachios? Let’s find out!

Can Dogs Eat Pistachios

No, feeding your dog pistachios is not recommended as they are unsafe for the health of your dog. Read on to learn why it might be safer to stick with other nutritious, delicious treats for your pup instead.

Don’t Go Nuts

How to eat pistachios

Pistachio nuts should not be given to any animal in large quantities. At any rate, if you decide to let your dog eat pistachios, do not go overboard. Dogs that eat pistachio nuts in large quantities will get pistachio poisoning. Pistachio poisoning brings about an upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea, among other symptoms.

Why Dogs Should Avoid Pistachios

Dognutrition.com writes that foods high in fat like pistachios and hazelnuts are known to cause pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) in dogs. In addition to that, pistachios, particularly pistachio shells, present a choking hazard as well as intestinal obstruction.

Safer nuts for dogs to eat, according to PetMD, include peanuts, almonds, and cashews. If you feed your dog any of these kinds of nuts, however, they should be unsalted and unseasoned. If he or she ingests too much sodium from salted nuts, your dog could develop a dangerous case of sodium ion poisoning.

Too much salt is dangerous and can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, tremors, and excessive thirst, according to WedMD. Ingesting too much salt also affects water retention in dogs, which increases the likelihood of kidney failure.

There are more risks than benefits to feeding your dog pistachios. Read on as we unpack more of the risks to your dog’s health that fatty nuts present.

What Is Pistachio Poisoning?

Did you know that the pistachio is a member of the cashew family? The pistachio is actually a tree nut that come from the Pistacia vera tree found in hot climates like Central Asia and Middle Eastern countries. In the United States the majority of pistachios come from California. Pistachios have many health benefits and are a great source of nutrients, are high in antioxidants, and high in protein.

You have read about the health benefits one can get from pistachios, but there are dangerous components to this tasty shelled green nut that wreak havoc on a dog’s digestive system. The most detrimental component from nuts to your dog’s health is Aspergillus mold. Dogs are especially susceptible to the aflatoxin produced by the mold.

Symptoms of Pistachio Poisoning In Dogs

The following are symptoms of pistachio poisoning in dogs from Aspergillus mold:

  • Jaundice
  • Liver failure
  • Lethargy
  • Orange-colored urine
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite

Aspergillus mold causes aflatoxins that negatively affect the liver in dogs. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), aflatoxins are a family of toxins produced by certain fungi that are found on agricultural crops such as corn, peanuts, cottonseed, and tree nuts (this includes pistachios, of course).

Aflatoxins are a type of mycotoxins, which are “secondary metabolites produced by microfungi that are capable of causing disease and death in humans and other animals,” according to NIH. In other words, they mean bad news.

Another danger of pistachios is two natural chemicals called phosphorous and urushiol. An abundant amount of phosphorus is thought to be a cause of bladder stones in dogs. The other chemical, urushiol, is fast-acting and quickly absorbs into the skin once contact has been made. Urushiol is what causes allergic reactions to poison ivy as well. Smartdogowners.com warns that dogs who eat pistachios can get this same reaction, especially on their faces and around their mouths.

Nutrition For Your Dog Is Key

The number 1 thing we can do for our dogs is give them a food that enables their body and mind to flourish.

Much like us, the healthier your dog’s lifestyle, the more likely they’ll be able to fight off any disease or infection. Often the food we feed our dogs is not doing them justice. It’s filled with artificial flavors, low-quality protein sources, and not enough fiber.

Wild Earth is a Vet-developed food that is a high protein, high fiber source of complete nutrition. Our food is full of beta-glucans, a powerful digestive fiber that helps to fight off disease and increase immunity. It also contains superfoods like chickpeas, sweet potato, oats, and blueberries so your dog can thrive!

Recommended Vitamins & Supplements for Dogs

Why do dogs need supplements? Age, environment, pollutants, and the stressors of daily life can all lead to less than optimal health for your dog. We’ve created a family of supplements to provide support in the areas your dog needs it most. Learn about Wild Earth’s dog supplements.

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Other Dangerous Nuts Dogs Should Avoid

As mentioned above, there are other kinds of nuts you should avoid feeding your dog. For example, never let your dog have macadamia nuts. The Pet Poison Helpline warns that macadamia nuts cause nerve and muscle damage in addition to severe lethargy, increased body temperature, vomiting, muscle tremors, joint stiffness, and inability to walk.

Pecans and black walnuts are also no-nos. Pecans and black walnuts contain a toxin called juglone, which causes gastrointestinal distress in dogs.

If you suspect your dog has eaten too many nuts and displays the aforementioned symptoms, contact your veterinarian right away or call the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Final Verdict On Dogs Eating Pistachios

Can dogs have pistachios? Since they are not toxic in small quantities, it is safe for dogs to have a nut or two, just don’t incorporate it into your dog’s diet all the time. And if you do share a pistachio nut with your furry friend, make sure it’s without the shells in order to avoid choking or intestinal obstruction.

Ultimately there are safer and healthier treats out there your dog can eat. At the end of the day it is better to play it safe and to keep this particular human food to yourself rather than sharing it with your pooch.

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How to eat pistachios

Always tend to reach for walnuts or almonds as an afternoon snack? You might want to consider varying your routine by grabbing some pistachios instead the next time you’re at the grocery store.

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Pistachios can pack a powerful punch for your health, says registered dietitian Laura Jeffers, Med, RD, LD. That’s because these little green gems are a great source of nutrition, and are brimming with vitamins and nutrients.

Why pistachios are a healthy choice

Making nuts such as pistachios a part of your everyday eating is associated with decreased risk of death from cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease, Jeffers says.

Pistachios and other nuts are a mainstay of the healthy Mediterranean diet. Studies link this diet to some of the highest life expectancy and lowest heart disease rates in the world. They’re also a nice source of protein (especially for vegans and vegetarians), with about 6 grams per ounce.

You don’t have to eat a lot of pistachios to reap the benefits. But beware! Their buttery, rich flavor makes them easy to over-indulge in.

What’s the right serving size? Aim for 1 to 1½ ounces a day. (That’s about a handful.) Or, if you’re more the counting sort, there’s roughly 49 pistachios in an ounce.

What’s the best way to avoid pigging out on them? Jeffers says one trick to avoid eating too many is to buy them in the shells instead of the pre-shelled variety. “They’ll take a little longer to eat because you’ll have to pry open the shells,” she says. “The shells also are a great visual reminder of how many you’ve eaten. This can help to keep you on track with portion size.”

And you don’t have to reserve pistachios for snacking either. One easy way to incorporate them into your diet each day? Jeffers suggest trying them as a garnish (Think of them as the perfect way to top off a healthy stir-fry, soup, salad or even hummus.) You can also find plenty of recipes using pistachios, from quick breads to pesto.

A closer look at pistachio’s health benefits

Need more persuasion about pistachios? Here are three reasons why pistachios can boost your health:

  1. They have nutrients like vitamin B6, which promotes blood flow by helping to carry oxygen through the bloodstream to cells. Vitamin B6 also promotes immune and nervous system health.
  2. They have plant-based compounds that act as antioxidants, including vitamin E, polyphenols and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. Two of these antioxidants, not found in other nuts, have been linked to a decrease in the risk of developing macular degeneration.
  3. They support healthy cholesterol levels. Pistachios have 13 grams of fat per serving, the majority of which (11.5 grams) comes from heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Studies have shown that adding pistachios to a healthy diet may help to lower levels of oxidized-LDL (bad) cholesterol. This is because of the nut’s high level of monounsaturated fat, which has been shown to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol.

How to eat pistachios

Pistachios are seeds that come from the pistachio tree—one of the oldest tree species in the world. They are known to have a heap of health benefits for humans. Humans, however, are not the only species that like pistachios; pet rats love them too! Rats are intelligent, gentle, and inquisitive. They can even learn tricks with persuasion from a tasty treat.

But can you feed your rat pistachios? The short answer is yes. However, that doesn’t mean you can give your pet rat pistachios and let them eat these nuts until their little heart’s content; they are high in calories and can cause obesity if fed too often. After all, your pet rat depends on you to provide a healthy diet. In this article, we’ll explore pistachio pros and cons, and when and how to feed your pet rat this tasty treat.

Are Pistachios Bad For Rats?

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Pistachios can be bad for your furry friend if given too much on a daily basis. As a general rule, only give one pistachio to your rat no more than twice a week. That way, your rat can reap the benefits of having pistachios once in a while instead of over-indulging, which can cause health problems in the long run.

Are Pistachios Safe For Rats?

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As mentioned, pet rats can have pistachios, which are safe for them to consume; however, follow the recommended amount— one pistachio per rat no more than twice a week. Feeding them too much pistachio can cause obesity. Obesity is a common problem in rats and leads to a slew of health problems. Pistachios are high in calories and fat, so moderation is the key. Pistachios are not the only nuts they can consume. Pet rats can also have the occasional cashew or almond as a special treat.

Do Rats Like Pistachio Shells?

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You can feed your pet rat the pistachio shell; just be sure the shells are unsalted for a healthier option. Rats love to gnaw because it keeps their teeth sharp and in tip-top shape, so the shell offers a great way for your pet rat to entertain himself and practice good dental hygiene.

While pregnancy, females are subjected to a long list of eatables and avoidable. Taste buds become sensitive to certain food items and nutrition becomes of prime importance for mothers and babies. We are sure you already have a list of food items you should consume during and after pregnancy, one such food item we’ll discuss today is pistachios.

Pistachios are loaded with protein, fibre, calcium, potassium, folate, magnesium, and iron. Basically, all the elements important for the healthy growth of a fetus.

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How to eat pistachios

Helps in Foetal growth

Pistachios contain proteins, monosaturated fats, antioxidants, copper, omega 3 fatty acids, B- Complex, all these elements play a crucial role in providing nutrition to the mother and also helps in foetal growth (help-s in the growth of tissues and muscles).В

Boosts Immunity

Pistachios boost your immunity, also maintains red blood count which prevents anaemia.

Anti-inflammatory nature

The anti-inflammatory nature of these nuts prevents swelling and joint pains.В

Foetal brain development

Omega 3 fatty acids help in the development of the foetal brain.

Treats constipation

Pistachios are rich in fibre. They aid easy digestion and regulate bowel movements. They also provide relief from constipation which can develop due to hormonal changes in early pregnancy.

Irrespective of the nutritional benefits anything consumed in excess can prove to be harmful to the body, so is with our delicious pistachios. It is advisable to not consume more than 24 pistachios in a day. While pistachios have many nutritional benefits they also come carrying some issues with them.В These nuts can cause allergies to some of the expecting mothers. Sodium coated pistachios can lead to increase blood pressure, while fibre content in pistachio helps in maintaining good health of the digestive system but consumed in excess they can cause constipation, diarrhoea, bloating or even pain in the abdomen.В

While you’re making every effort for the better growth of your little one, be very mindful of what you consume and how much you consume.

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Pistachio nuts originated in central and southwest Asia about 6,000 years ago, and most of the pistachios sold today come from the Mediterranean countries. The shells partially split open during growing, making for convenient access to the small green nuts inside. Pistachios offer ample amounts of protein, fiber and micronutrients that support good health, and they’re versatile, too — they work well in many dishes and baked goods and as a crunchy topping for salads. For best health, steer clear of salted pistachios and those with artificially dyed shells.

Heart-Health Benefits

A 1-ounce serving of pistachios, or about 49 kernels, provides you with 13 grams of fat — one of the lowest fat contents of all nuts. Eleven of those grams are from healthy monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats, while only 2 grams are from saturated fat. According to a review of studies of pistachios, published in 2016 in Nutrition Today, a wealth of research suggests that consuming these tiny nuts may support hearth health by improving cholesterol levels — both raising “good” HDL cholesterol and lowering “bad” LDL.

In addition, pistachio consumption appears to lower blood pressure, which also positively affects cardiovascular health. A review of clinical trials published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2015 found that, among all tree nuts, pistachios show the greatest potential to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure numbers.

Pistachios and Weight Control

It’s easy to eat too many pistachios, and you’ll want to watch your intake — a 1-ounce serving supplies 162 calories. However, choosing pistachios in their shells as a snack appears to promote weight control. According to a 2011 study published in Appetite, subjects who had to open the shells to retrieve pistachios stopped eating sooner than those fed shelled kernels, resulting in a consumption of 41 percent fewer calories. The accumulation of shells appeared to act as a visual, psychological cue to stop eating.

Diabetes Management

Pistachios may also have benefits for people with diabetes. In a study published in the Review of Diabetic Studies in 2014, diabetic subjects who ate 25 grams of pistachios, or about an ounce, daily for 12 weeks improved their blood glucose levels. They also reduced their blood pressure, body mass index and C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation in the body.

Nutrient Profile of Pistachios

Pistachios provide plant-based protein, with 6 grams in just an ounce. Substitute these nuts for other sources of protein, like red meat and cheese, or boost the protein content of your fish entree with a crushed pistachio coating. These nuts also provide 3 grams of fiber in a serving, aiding digestion and keeping you feeling full for better weight management. In addition, pistachios contain a rich assortment of minerals and vitamins essential to overall good health, including iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, B-complex vitamins and vitamins E and K.

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  • USDA National Nutrient Database: Pistachio Nuts, Dry Roasted, without Salt Added
  • American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: The Effect of Tree Nut, Peanut, and Soy Nut Consumption on Blood Pressure
  • Appetite: In-shell Pistachio Nuts Reduce Caloric Intake Compared to Shelled Nuts
  • The Review of Diabetic Studies: Effects of Pistachio Nut Supplementation on Blood Glucose in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Paula Martinac is a nutrition educator, writer and coach. She holds a Master’s of Science in Health and Nutrition Education and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition. Her areas of research interest include stress, weight management and women’s health.

In honor of National Pistachio Day, let’s celebrate the versatility of this amazing nut with ten bizarre, yet surprising facts you may not have known about the pistachio.

Pistachios are nature’s super nut. What other food can bring happiness, warm your soul, fuel a town and get a mention in the Bible? The pistachio can do it all. In honor of National Pistachio Day, let’s celebrate the versatility of this amazing nut with ten bizarre, yet surprising facts you may not have known about the pistachio.

1. Pistachios Were Once Considered Exclusively The Food Of Royalty

Yeah. Because look how regal they are! Photo: Ruth Hartnup / Flickr

Legend has it that the Queen of Sheba declared pistachios were only to be enjoyed by royalty, even decreeing that it was illegal for commoners to grow pistachio trees, which we can all agree is just rude. They say the Queen even took her country’s entire harvest of pistachios for her and her royal court.

2. Mangos Are Distant Cousins Of Pistachios

From this angle, I can kind of see it. Photo: Mattie Hagedorn / Flickr

Personally, I don’t see the resemblance, but it’s true. Both mangos and pistachios come from the evergreen tree family. Their other weird relative? Poison Ivy. Those family parties must be pretty weird.

3. People Used To Eat The Tree Pitch Of Pistachio Trees

The original ‘giving tree.’ Photo: @mrsfawhittaker / Instagram

During the 17th century, pistachio trees were known in the Ukraine as “pitch trees” because they believed eating the tree’s pitch (which is kind of like a sap) would freshen your breath. Who needs mouthwash when you have pistachio trees, am I right?

4. Hearing The Crack Of A Pistachio Shell Is Considered Good Luck

Someone’s about to get lucky. Photo: @joanrpnzl / Instagram

In many countries, such as Israel and Russia, hearing the cracking of the pistachio nut was viewed as a very good omen. And in the Middle East specifically, they regarded the sound as an omen for a happy relationship. So naturally couples would meet under pistachio trees, waiting around for those nuts to assure them that their relationship was going to be a successful one. No judgment here.

5. People From India Believe Pistachios Are Capable Of Warming The Soul – Literally

I feel warmer just looking at them. Photo: @myfuturebakery / Instagram

Looking to cut down on your heating bill this winter? Pistachios could be your answer. In India, during the coldest winter months, people will binge on pistachios, which they call the “hot nut”. They believe that pistachios quite literally have the ability to warm a person from the inside out.

6. Pistachios Are One Of The Oldest Flowering Trees In The World.

#Ageless. Photo: @t.halling / Instagram

It’s thought that pistachios have been snacked upon for about 9,000 years, making the pistachio tree one of the world’s oldest surviving tree species. That being said, it should come as no surprise that…

7. Pistachios Are One Of Only Two Nuts Mentioned In The Bible

Garden of Eden, anyone? Photo: @pistachos_nazaries / Instagram

That’s right, they’re biblical. Pistachios are thought to have been one of the foods that Adam brought with him to Earth (Genesis 43:11) and, therefore, grew in the Garden of Eden. The only other nut to get a cameo in this bestseller? The almond.

8. Harvested Poorly, Pistachios Can Be Deadly.

Test tube baby trees done right! Photo: @marita_bonita / Instagram

On a darker note, pistachios that are not processed or harvested properly are not suitable for human consumption.

Aflatoxin, a chemical which can cause cancerous mold, has been found in some mistreated pistachios and has led to breakouts of disease in some parts of the world. Sometimes, if not caught soon enough, these pistachios can be fatal.

9. Red Pistachios Are A Total Sales Ploy

Nice dye job. Photo: @caresgomez / Instagram

If you don’t remember red pistachios, here’s a quick history lesson –until the 1980s, pistachios were typically a bright red – something U.S. vendors did to make them more appealing.

Traditional harvesting methods overseas made pistachio shells look blotchy – which was unappetizing for the American consumer. So pistachios were dyed red to hide their appearance until about 30 years ago.

10. In 2014, Turkey Started Plans To Fuel A Town Entirely On Pistachio Shells.

Think of all the pistachios you’d get to eat in the process! Photo: @simijois / Instagram

What do you do with all those leftover pistachio shells? Turkey has the right idea. In 2014, the country revealed plans to start the first ever eco-city, which would run entirely off pistachio shells.

The shells would get cooked in a digester, and the gases produced as a result (mostly methane gas) would theoretically fuel the town. The plans are still underway to see if this plan is plausible and we’re crossing our fingers for this pistachio-fueled town.

How to eat pistachios

I do love pistachios. But then I have to say, I’m a huge fan of all nuts and seeds though pistachios are up near the top of the list of my favourites. They’re incredibly versatile and can add crunch and nutrition to both meals and snacks. I find they make for a satisfying snack along with some fruit in the middle of the afternoon.

Here are five reasons why you should add pistachios to your eating routine.

Offer health perks for your microbiome

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ve likely noticed that I’ve spent a lot of time writing about our microbiome– those trillions of bacteria living in the gut.

Well, here’s more.

Spanish researchers evaluated the effects of eating pistachios daily in prediabetic subjects and found that compounds found in their urine, related to healthy bacteria, showed beneficial changes that go hand in hand with decreased insulin resistance. As insulin is necessary for healthy blood sugar regulation, insulin resistance can lead to high blood sugar readings and type 2 diabetes.
Provide a bounty of antioxidants

Oxidation is a culprit in a growing list of ailments from heart disease and stroke to cognitive decline and certain cancers. Enter antioxidants which counter oxidative damage. Research, though, points to antioxidants in food as being a smarter choice than going for those in supplement form. Some supplements containing these compounds actually end up being pro-oxidants, meaning they speed up oxidation. That’s the opposite of what you want.

If you notice the green and pinkish colour of pistachio nuts, you’ll be happy to know they’re due to the pigments with antioxidant power – the lutein (yellowish) and anthocyanin (pinkish) contained. They’re also chock full of other antioxidants such as vitamin E.

In one study, researchers looked at pistachio consumption and the blood levels of various antioxidants in subjects with elevated cholesterol levels. Not only did their blood levels of these compounds increase but the levels of artery-clogging oxidized LDL-cholesterol decreased. (Oxidized cholesterol is more likely to be deposited in arteries compared to that which hasn’t been oxidized).

• Supply anti-inflammatory compounds

Inflammation in various cells and tissues is also thought to be at the root of many common diseases including cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s. Even the risk of developing diabetes is linked to chronic inflammation. Enter pistachios and their anti-inflammatory action. The good news here is that research shows that both raw and roasted pistachios can calm the fires of inflammation.

• Eating nuts and fruit together is heart healthy

Nuts and fruit, especially dried offerings, are not only portable but may decrease heart disease risk, improve blood sugar regulation and decrease the risk of developing diabetes.

• Increase satiety

Have you ever noticed that when you eat some foods, you’re on the hunt an hour later looking for something else to eat while others keep you satisfied for longer? Some of this is due to what’s called satiety hormones (produced in the gut). Have a sugary snack and it won’t last long. Going for nuts, such as pistachios which increase your satiety and help you to avoid nibbling.

But don’t take my word for it. Snack on a piece of fruit along one day and see how long it lasts. Then the next, add a nice handful of shelled pistachios (or double that if they’re not shelled).

By: Patrick J. Kiger | Updated: Feb 18, 2021

In recent years, pistachios have been getting a lot of attention, and not just because of those clever TV commercials featuring Snoop Dogg eating them out of a pill bottle and Ernie the elephant falling off a treadmill. Americans consumed close to 100 metric tons of pistachios in 2013, the most recent year available, which works out to just about 11.4 ounces (323 grams) per person, according to International Nut & Dried Fruit, a nut industry organization. That represented a more than 60 percent increase compared to just four years earlier.

Why are we eating so many pistachios? One reason, obviously, is that we like the taste. But pistachios also have developed a reputation as a guilt-free snack with plenty of nutritional benefits, rich in unsaturated fats, fiber and antioxidants. Research suggests that pistachios could help to reduce hypertension and promote development of beneficial gut microbes. They’re even gaining credibility as a tool for weight loss — partly because, like other nuts, they give a person a full feeling, and partly because the extra work needed to crack their shells and extract them helps to slow down consumption. In one 2011 study, subjects who snacked on pistachios they had to remove from their shells consumed 41 percent fewer calories than those who were given pistachios with the shells already removed.

But that leads to another question. Why are pistachios one of the few nuts commonly sold to consumers with their shells still attached?

To roast and salt nuts like walnuts or cashews, producers need to remove the protective shell. But the reason that’s not so for pistachios? Between 70 and 90 percent of pistachios develop a natural split in their shells during the growing process, says University of California, Davis pistachio expert Louise Ferguson, co-author of the “Pistachio Production Manual.” After those pistachios are shaken off the trees by harvesting machines, they can be salted and roasted while still inside the shells as that natural crack allows heat and salt access to the nut, eliminating a step in the industrial process and saving processors some money.

“The pistachios that split naturally generally are your larger nuts,” says Ferguson.

Only the minority of nuts that don’t split on their own are run through industrial shell-removing machines. Though some experts think the unsplit nuts might be less mature than the split variety, Ferguson said there really isn’t much of a discernible taste difference.

“By the time you get them, they’ve been roasted, anyway,” she says.

Most of the pistachios without shells end up being used in cooking, and to make products such as pistachio ice cream. Ferguson adds that pistachio use as a recipe ingredient is a growing trend in the industry.

Assuming that you’re not a person who enjoys the sensual experience of cracking the shell and extracting a pistachio, which is a better deal to buy — with shells, or without? A whole single pistachio, shell and all, weighs about 0.02 ounces (0.57 grams), and the kernel or nutmeat — that is, the portion of the pistachio that you eat — makes up about 53 percent of that weight. You might suspect that would make pistachios without shells cheaper. But if you look at the prices charged by retailers, pistachios without shells tend to be more than twice as expensive per ounce as the ones in shells, so all you save is the trouble of extracting them, and pay a hefty fee for that luxury.

And if you’re going to shell your own pistachios, give this ingenious method of cracking open pistachio shells: BuzzFeed suggests using a spent shell as leverage to pop open the next nut.

Pistachios weren’t cultivated in the United States until 1930, when botanist William E. Whitehouse went to Iran and returned with 20 pounds (9 kilograms) of nuts that he used to grow pistachio trees.

Pistachios just don’t get the love they deserve! Most people favor almonds, walnuts or cashews when they shop for nuts.

Pistachios are great for you though and once you read why, chances are, you’ll add them to your shopping list.

5 Reasons to Munch on Pistachios

1. Superior Weight Control

Pistachios tend to lend better to weight management than say almonds, walnuts, or cashews. The reasoning for this is that you’ll have to take time to open each shell as you eat the nuts. This slows down the number you’ll end up eating.

Nuts are energy dense foods, but pistachios are one of the lowest-fat and highest-protein tree nuts. A serving (1 oz.) of pistachios has as much protein as an egg! This helps you stay feeling full longer.

Studies show people will eat fewer nuts total when snacking on pistachios compared to any other nut.

2. Decreased Mortality Risk

If staying lean isn’t enough of a reason, how about staying alive? That’s right, pistachios may help you avoid mortality.

In one study, researchers noted that people who ate more than 3 servings of pistachios (or other nuts) per week had a 39% lower mortality risk than those who ate no nuts at all.

3. Skin Boosters

If you want to look good on both the inside and the outside, pistachios can help with this too. This nut is a rich source of vitamin E, which is key for good skin, hair, and nail health.

Vitamin E helps to increase the production of collagen, boosting skin’s elasticity. This may in turn help reduce your risk of age-related wrinkles.

4. Low Sodium

A lot of nuts are roasted and tossed with salt. But pistachios are low in sodium provided you buy the unflavored variety. Skip the dyed ones that turn your fingers red for hours after you eat them. That’s an easy sacrifice.

If you’re looking to keep your heart health and blood pressure in check, this makes a great choice.

5. Powerful Source of Prebiotics

Pistachios are a great source of prebiotics. These are necessary to help the healthy good bacteria in your body flourish.

Prebiotics promote the growth of probiotics (healthy bacteria.) Probiotics are important for immune health and digestion, so by getting enough prebiotics, you can help this process.

According to one study, pistachios are much more powerful in this regard than almonds are.

You can feel good about munching on pistachios. A small handful a few times per week could easily provide you with these benefits and more.

These Pistachio and Sesame Bliss Balls are a great way to get more pistachios and they’re loaded with other power foods too!

Pistachio & Sesame Bliss Balls

Yields 14 – 16 balls

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 6 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix everything in a food processor until the pistachios are a fine texture and everything blended.

2. Take a teaspoon of the mixture and roll into a ball.

3. Repeat until mixture is gone.

4. Put bliss balls in the fridge 15 – 30 minutes until firm.

Although nuts are high in fat and calories and j ust a half cup of shelled Pistachios with no salt added has 170 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 1.5 grams of saturated fat, experts are quick to point out that the fat in nuts is healthy monounsaturated fat, which is an essential component of a healthy diet.

How to eat pistachios

A new scientific study showed that overweight people should add pistachios to their diet, as it facilitates weight reduction, as well as limits high blood pressure.

The Health Site, based on the journal Nutrients, indicate that researchers conducted a study in which obese people were asked to eat 42 grams of Pistachios per day for four months.

Not Only Weight Loss!

The researchers confirms that, at the end of this period, all participants’ weight decreased and the size of their waists decreased. The majority of them also lost the desire to eat sweets, and their blood pressure decreased significantly which helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease .

How to eat pistachios

One of the researchers point that, “Pistachio nuts are nutritious, rich in protein, beneficial dietary fiber and micronutrients. Among the best sources are vitamin K, potassium, phytosterol (vegetable sterols), gamma-tocopherol (vitamin E), and beta-carotene.”

Extra Benefits of Pistachios!

The researchers stress that Pistachios are a very good source of dietary fiber, which plays an important role in the digestion of food and keeps your bowel movements soft and regular and prevents constipation . Pistachios also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are considered to be the most important antioxidants that protect cells from damage. As it works to neutralize the roots harmful to the health of the eyes and reduce the chances of developing eye conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.

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Yasmine Ali, MD, is board-certified in cardiology. She is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and an award-winning physician writer.

Do you enjoy pistachio nuts? They can be part of a healthy diet, and studies are finding they may have beneficial effects on cholesterol and metabolic syndrome.

How to eat pistachios

Pistachio nuts are seed fruit of the pistachio tree (Pistacia vera) and a close relative of cashews. This tree is native primarily to the Middle East, especially Turkey and Iran. Although the shells naturally have a light brown color, processors sometimes dye the outer shell red or green.

Nutrition Information

Pistachio nuts are a nutritious snack and contain:

  • Thiamin (vitamin B1) helps your body change carbohydrates into energy
  • Potassium is a mineral that helps offset the harmful effect of sodium on blood pressure
  • Phytosterols and cholesterol have a similar structure and activity in your intestine to lower cholesterol absorption
  • Magnesium is a mineral, and a deficiency is associated with higher levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL)
  • Vitamin B6 may play a role in reducing your risk of heart disease
  • Calories: 158 per ounce (49 kernels)

Additionally, pistachios contain fiber and high amounts of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which are linked to improving cholesterol levels and promoting heart health.

Pistachios’ Effect on High Cholesterol

Some studies examining the effects of pistachios nuts on cholesterol involved people with and without high cholesterol levels who consumed pistachios as about 15 to 20% of their daily caloric intake.

In one study, eating 3 ounces of pistachio nuts per day, about two handfuls, for 1 month raised high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which is a healthy type of cholesterol, up to an average of 15%.

Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and triglycerides appeared to be slightly lower in these studies, but not significantly. The researchers recommend future studies to confirm their findings.

Pistachios Help Patients With Metabolic Syndrome

A high triglyceride level and a low HDL cholesterol level are among the criteria for a metabolic syndrome diagnosis. The more risk factors you have, the higher your risk for stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.

Other risk factors include:

  • A large “apple-shaped” waistline indicating excess fat in your abdominal area
  • High blood pressure, or if you’re taking medication to treat this condition
  • High fasting blood sugar, or if you’re taking medication to treat this condition

In a 24-week study of 60 people with metabolic syndrome published in the journal Nutrition, researchers prescribed a standard diet and exercise protocol to all participants and added unsalted pistachios as 20% of caloric intake for half of them.

The pistachio-eating group showed a statistically significant improvement in comparison to the control in several parameters, including:

  • Total cholesterol
  • LDL cholesterol
  • Waist circumference
  • Fasting blood glucose

High Calories

Pistachios, as well as other nuts, can contain a lot of calories due to their high-fat content. If you eat 3 ounces of pistachio nuts, you just added 474 calories to your daily intake. Although this may seem like a high-calorie snack, the studies did not see any significant weight gain in the participants eating pistachio nuts on a daily basis.

Bottom Line

Pistachios are a healthy snack to add to your diet. They may also help with raising your good cholesterol levels, but further study is needed.

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Last updated on – Dec 3, 2020, 07:00 IST

01 /5 The reason why should have pistachios for weight loss

Nuts are an inseparable part of any weight loss diet plan. There is nothing better than having a handful of nuts for curbing your mid-day hunger. The healthy and crunchy snacks option can promote satiety and prevent you from unnecessary munching. Walnuts, almonds and cashews, there are so many varieties of healthful delights. Out of all, pistachios are most underrated and ignored. Today we will tell you why it is necessary to include this nut in your diet.

02 /5 ​How pistachios are helpful in weight loss

These nuts are not only nutritious, but may even help in weight loss. The tree nuts are low in calories and high in protein content. Pistachios are rich in fiber and protein, both of which increase satiety and help you eat less. As per a 12-week weight loss program study, the body mass index of volunteers who ate 53 grams of pistachios per day between their meals were reduced twice as compared with those who ate 56 grams of pretzels per day.

Another study carried out on obese people showed that those who consumed 20 per cent of calories from pistachios were able to lose 1.5 cm more from their waistlines than those who did not eat pistachios.

03 /5 ​Pistachios – health benefits

The bright green colour nuts have a distinct flavour and can be included in the diet in numerous ways. You can put some on top of your salad, yoghurt or smoothie to add a little crunch to your food. Pistachios contain healthy fats and are a good source of protein, fiber, and antioxidants. They contain a high amount of vitamin B6, which is an important nutrient required for blood sugar regulation and the formation of haemoglobin. The monounsaturated fatty acids content in pistas can lower the cholesterol level and reduce inflammation in the body.

04 /5 ​Why you should pick pistachios over other nuts

When it comes to nuts, almonds and walnuts are preferred choices. What people do not know is that out of all the nuts, pistachios contain the lowest amount of calorie. That means you can enjoy it more without worrying about your calories intake. One pistachio is around just 3 calories, while one almond contains approximately 10 calories. Pistachios are also high in lutein, minerals and vitamin B. After almonds, these green nuts contain the most amount of protein. Moreover, removing the shell before having the nuts helps you in mindful eating.

05 /5 ​How to have pistachios when trying to shed kilos

Unsalted pistas are the best for weight loss. have these nuts as an afternoon snack. A handful of pistachios is enough to curb midday hunger.

  • Medical Author: Dr. Jasmine Shaikh, MD
  • Medical Reviewer: Pallavi Suyog Uttekar, MD

How to eat pistachios

Pistachios are a great source of protein, antioxidants, fiber, good fats and other nutrients.

Nuts like pistachios are one of the main components of a healthy Mediterranean diet, which is associated with a lower risk of heart diseases, respiratory illnesses and cancer. So pistachios not only help with heart and gut health, but can also help you keep your weight in check.

What are the health benefits of pistachios?

Aid in weight loss

Pistachios are a good source of protein, with about 6 grams of protein per ounce. They are also low in calories; about 50 pistachios barely contain 160 calories.

Because of this high-protein, low-calorie combination, they’re a satisfying snack that can help you shed extra pounds.

Lower blood sugar

Pistachios are also considered a low glycemic index food, meaning they keep you full for a longer time and cause a slow rise in blood sugar level. So they’re especially good for you if you’re suffering from diabetes.

Strengthen immune system

Being rich in vitamin B6, pistachios help maintain a healthy nervous system and a strong immune system.

Prevent cell damage

Pistachios also contain antioxidants like vitamin E, polyphenols and the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. Antioxidants are plant-based compounds that help get rid of free oxygen radicals in the body and have anti-aging properties.

Two of these antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are not found in other nuts, have been linked to a decrease in the risk of developing macular degeneration (age-related vision loss).

Lower cholesterol

Pistachios help improve the level of good (HDL) cholesterol by being a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. With one serving of pistachios, the body gets 13 grams of fat, most of which (11.5 grams) comes from these heart-healthy fats. Studies suggest that these nuts also help to lower the levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol due to their high content of monounsaturated fats.

Of course, it’s better to go for the unsalted kind to lower the amount of sodium in your diet.

Promote gut health

Like all other nuts, pistachios are rich in fiber. Good fiber intake is beneficial for your gut because it prevents constipation.

Improve skin and hair

Pistachios contain biotin, which promotes healthy hair growth, as well as vitamin E, promotes skin health.

How many pistachios should you eat a day?

Pistachios have a rich, buttery flavor that can be addicting. And even though they have health benefits, it’s always a good idea not to overdo it. About a handful (1.5 ounces) is a good amount to shoot for each day.

If you’re concerned about limiting your pistachio intake, go for the kind that have shells on them instead of the pre-shelled ones.

You should also be careful if you have a fructan intolerance. Since pistachios contain fructans, eating too many of them can cause bloating, nausea or abdominal pain.

Buying, Cooking, and Recipes

How to eat pistachios

Pistachios are the often overlooked nut that your dishes have been missing. While you might eat them by the handful as a snack, their distinctive flavor makes them an easy way to liven up a variety of dishes from fish to baked goods, and more.

What Are Pistachios?

Pistachios aren’t actually nuts. The little green morsels are actually the seed of the fruit of the pistachio tree. And while the pistachio belongs to the same family as the cashew, it’s also botanically related to sumac, mangoes, and poison ivy.

Native to Iran, Syria and Greece, they’ve been farmed for more than 10,000 years. In Iran, pistachios are called the “smiling pistachio,” while in China, they are called the “happy nut” because of the semi-opening of its shell. That opening, by the way, means the pistachios are ripe and ready to be harvested.

It wasn’t until after WWII that farmers in California began cultivating U.S. grown pistachios. Today, in the U.S., you’ll find them growing in California, Arizona and New Mexico.

While they’re available in stores year-round, most pistachios grown in the U.S. are harvested by hand between late August and early October. As they fall off the trees when ripe, harvesting pistachios involves shaking the branches of the trees and then picking up the shell covered pistachios from the ground.

How to Cook With Pistachios

Pistachios are available shelled or unshelled. You can eat them as is, but you can also add them to sweet and savory recipes, including cookies, salads, and breadings for fish or chicken. You can also bake both shelled and unshelled pistachios with different seasonings. Simply mix them in a bowl with the spices of your choice (for unshelled pistachios, you’ll need to add more seasoning), place them on a cookie sheet and bake them for about 25 minutes at 350 F.

What Do They Taste Like?

Pistachios are a little bit of magic in your mouth. They’re fresh and piney, salty and tangy.

Pistachio Recipes

Pistachios make a quick, healthy snack just as they are, but you can also add them to a variety of sweet and savory dishes.

  • Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb
  • Honey Pistachio Ice Cream
  • Pistachio Cake

Where to Buy Pistachios

Pistachios are available year-round at almost all supermarkets. Look for them in the nuts for snacking aisle as well as in the baking aisle. You’ll find a variety of kinds of pistachios including unshelled and shelled sold raw, roasted, salted, unsalted and even with different types of seasoning. For cooking purposes, it’s often best to buy either raw or unsalted pistachios.

If you’re purchasing the nuts in their shells, make sure the shells are ivory-colored, with an opening at only one end. Pistachios with large openings have often gone bad, and unopened shells can be impossible to open and also unripe.

Unshelled, raw pistachios should be yellow to dark green in color.

Storage

How to store pistachios depends on whether you bought shelled or unshelled nuts.

Unshelled pistachios will stay fresh for up to three months in the pantry or the refrigerator. You can also freeze unshelled pistachios for up to a year. You’ll want to place unshelled pistachios in an airtight container before freezing. After thawing, if you notice the pistachios have lost their crunch, you can toast them on a baking sheet in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes at 200 F.

Shelled pistachios, in contrast, will last for about 5 months in the pantry of the fridge, but they tend not to freeze well.

Pistachios can become rancid, so check them for mold before using.

Main Image Annotation: With a distinctive flavor, pistachios can be eaten as is or used in a variety of sweet and savory dishes.

How to eat pistachios

Dogs are often our humble, yet eager, companions and enjoy sampling whatever we are eating. Training your dog to take the pistachio out of the shell after you’ve cracked it for them brings a smile to most pet owners. The big question is, is it ok for my pup to have pistachios?

The simple answer is, yes. But as with most things we need to consider quality, quantity, and the way they are served.

How to enjoy pistachios with your dog.

If you are sitting down to enjoy some of your favorite pistachio snacks, sharing a couple with your pup is totally fine. Don’t give them the shell…you don’t eat it for a reason. It’s hard to chew and hard to digest for both of you and can pose as a choking hazard or bowel obstruction, especially in smaller dogs. They’ll enjoy sampling what you are having and if yours are anything like mine, they’ll chew it up, getting the full flavor from them. It’s always amusing to watch my 100-pound lug-heads chew up tiny little things, but inhale, without chewing a chunk of meat. Anyway, pistachios are perfectly fine, but only in small volumes. Dogs are omnivores, they need a bit of everything, but an overload of anything can cause stomach trouble.

Benefits to giving pistachios as treats to your dog

Nuts, including pistachios, make for great high-protein treats, which means that they can satiate an appetite while providing a heavy dose of essential minerals and vitamins. The antioxidants can also play a key role in long-term health that you often can’t find in pre-made dog treats. Pistachios also contain fiber, vitamins A, C, and B6, and are rich in iron, magnesium, and potassium that your pup needs in his/her diet.

1. Vitamin B6
Pistachios are an excellent source of vitamin B6 which has many benefits for your dog’s overall health. Vitamin B6 is one of the essential vitamins and helps with growth and development, promotes healthy brain function, and heart health in dogs.

2. Potassium
Pistachios are a great natural source of potassium which is an important mineral that is involved in many functions within your dog’s body. Potassium is important for the proper functioning of the cells in your dog’s body and promotes normal electrical charges in the heart, nerves, and muscles.

3. Fiber
Pistachios are a good source of dietary fiber that is essential for proper digestion and regular bowel movements. Eating fiber-rich foods can help your dog feel fuller longer
and relieve mild cases of constipation or diarrhea.

Should you be giving pistachios to your dog as its primary food source, probably not, as they do best on a high-protein, meat-based diet that’s balanced to their particular needs. But as an occasional snack in moderation, feel comfortable doing so. The best option is to choose an unsalted version, or just make sure to only offer 2-3 every so often.

Do I need to worry about the aspergillus mold mentioned in other articles on this topic?

First off, it’s super rare. Second, it can only happen if you are feeding large quantities of pistachios to your pet, which we already said wasn’t smart. And lastly, if your pistachios come from a reputable supplier such as Heart of the Desert, this should never be a concern. How the grower stores the nuts after harvesting them, is critical. Heart of the Desert is required to test the incoming products on a regular basis. By the time, the product has been through all the processing steps, there should be no need for the consumer to be worried about mold.

Ranch dogs at Heart of the Desert have always been able to tell when the pistachios were ripe on the tree. They nuzzle low-hanging clusters of nuts, and when the epicarp separates from the hard inner shell, they seem to know. They won’t take any of the nuts off the tree but sit patiently, looking at the cluster with longing, until farmer George picks them and gives them some fresh pistachios. It has always been a favorite treat.

What about other nuts and legumes?

Okay for dogs to eat:

  • Peanuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pistachios

Not okay, and possibly toxic, for dogs:

  • Pecans
  • Black walnuts
  • Macadamia – especially toxic in dogs!

The other danger that comes into play with nuts is the choking hazard. We all know our furry family members don’t always chew their food. They kind of inhale it, so giving nuts that could pose a choking hazard a quick blast in the blender or food processor can drastically reduce that risk.

So, yes, dogs can eat pistachios, in moderation.

If your dog has medical conditions or you still have questions, it’s best to check with your veterinarian. Otherwise, enjoy cracking pistachios open and sharing the tasty green nut with your furry friends. They’ll love the attention and the treat.

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A few pistachio nuts can immediately add flavor to baked foods, soups, or salads. These crunchy and tasty nuts are packed with various nutrients. Therefore, pistachios during pregnancy are considered extremely healthy. However, everything you eat should be moderate to maintain your pregnancy health. Also, it is wise to be mindful of when and how to eat these delicious nuts for safety. Read this post as we share about eating pistachios during pregnancy and what benefits you and your baby can derive from them.

Is It Safe To Eat Pistachios During Pregnancy?

Yes, it is safe to include pistachios during pregnancy (1). They are power-packed with protein, fiber, potassium, folate, calcium, and iron, all of which are important for the growth and development of the fetus.

What Are The Benefits Of Pistachios During Pregnancy?

The nutrients present in pistachios are beneficial during pregnancy and aid in the healthy development of the baby. The nutritional benefits include:

1. Aids fetal development

Pistachios contain a good amount of protein that is essential for the development of your unborn baby’s tissues and muscles (2). It also keeps your weight under check (3) by regulating blood sugar levels.

2. Balances lipid levels

The high concentration of monounsaturated fatty acids in pistachios lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol levels, therefore, balancing lipids (4).

3. Boosts immunity levels

Pistachios are rich in antioxidants including carotene, polyphenolic substances, and vitamin A and E that help boost immunity (5).

4. Prevents anemia

Rich in iron and other essential minerals, which help in the formation of red blood cells. Including these nuts in your diet sufficiently will help towards preventing anemia, especially during pregnancy when your body needs more than the usual amount of blood cells (6).

5. Treats constipation

Being rich in fiber, pistachios aid easy digestion and regulate bowel movements. They can also provide relief from constipation which can develop due to hormonal changes in early pregnancy (7).

6. Anti-inflammatory nature

Pistachios are anti-inflammatory in nature and help in fighting joint pains and swelling that are common during pregnancy (8).

7. Good for fetal brain development

Pistachios contain good amounts of omega-3 fatty acids such as oleic and linoleic acids, which are essential for the brain development of the baby (9).

Keep reading for the complete nutritional profile of pistachios.

Nutritional Value Of Pistachios

Nutrients present in 100 grams of raw pistachios are as follows (10):

NUTRIENT AMOUNT
Calories 560kcal
Water 4.37g
Carbohydrates 27.17g
Sugars 7.66g
Protein 20.16g
Fiber 10.6g
Fat 45.32g
VITAMINS
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 0.870mg
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 0.160mg
Niacin (Vitamin B3) 1.300mg
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) 1.700mg
Folic acid (Vitamin B9) 51mcg
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) 5.6mg
Retinol (Vitamin A) 516IU
Alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E) 2.86mg
ELECTROLYTES
Potassium 1025mg
Sodium 1mg
MINERALS
Calcium 105mg
Iron 3.92mg
Phosphorus 490mg
Magnesium 121mg
Zinc 2.20mg
LIPIDS
Total saturated fatty acids 5.907g
Total monounsaturated fatty acids 23.257g
Total polyunsaturated fatty acids 14.380g

g=grams; mg=milligrams; IU=International Units

While pistachios are nutritious, their benefits are greater only when you consume them in the right quantity and stick to plain, unsalted pistachio nuts in their shells.

How Many Pistachios Can You Eat Per Day?

You may have up to ½ an ounce or approximately 24 pistachios per day (1). You should not eat more than the suggested quantity as it could lead to excess essential oils in the body that could be harmful to the brain (11).

What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Eating Pistachios During Pregnancy?

Some things you should keep in mind while including pistachios are:

  • They have fructans that will cause digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain and flatulence (12).
  • Roasted nuts coated in salt can have high sodium content that may elevate blood pressure (13). So it is best to choose the plain, unsalted variety.

A few precautions while including pistachios in your diet can be a good idea.

How To Include Pistachios In Your Diet?

Here are a few interesting ways in which you can incorporate pistachio nuts into your diet:

  • Toss some pistachios to the fruit bowl, and consume it fresh.
  • Make a rough powder of them, and use as a dip to chicken before frying or grilling.
  • Sprinkle finely diced pistachios to oatmeal, yogurt or cereals for a nutritious breakfast.
  • Mix in a milkshake along with almonds, cardamom, and saffron for a super-filling beverage.

Do not worry about eating pistachios unless you have been specifically advised not to eat them by your healthcare provider. Include your daily serving of these nuts in whichever variety you prefer. Remember to stick to the permissible limit though.

It’s the bright-green nut that makes everything look cheerier. In some countries, it is also known as the ‘smiling’ or ‘happy’ nut – indeed, when the hard casing splits, it can look like a smiling face.

But this is a nut that offers more than good looks. It’s a nutritional powerhouse, and even a world champion!

Here are eight things you might not know about this ingredient.

Pistachios may be small, but they contain many surprising features. (Getty Images)
Source: Getty Images

1. It’s not actually a nut.

Tough and nutritionally potent, pistachios do well in the dry climates of inland Australia. While we call them nuts, pistachios are the seeds of a fruit that grows in bundles (like grapes). Once the fruit is wrinkled and soft, each pistachio is harvested and when fully ripened, its shell will split, exposing the nut inside.

2. The reason why they’re bright green .

Pistachios look great on the Christmas table (as well as all kinds of dishes), thanks to their many shades of green. The green colouring comes from the natural plant pigment, chlorophyll, which is the same green pigment found in fruits and vegetables like peas, cucumber and celery.

This pistachio cake with vanilla syrup and raspberry mascarpone uses food dye to enhance the bright-green appeal of the nut. (Mark Roper)
Source: Mark Roper

3. They pack a nutritional punch.

Pistachios are a plant source of protein and contain essential vitamins and minerals like B6, thiamin, copper and phosphorus – and they are jam-packed with potassium. They are also a good source of antioxidants. Although they are predominantly green, these nuts also have a hint of purple in the kernel which comes from the antioxidant anthocyanin. Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants which help to protect our cells from damage. Pistachios are rich in monosaturated fats (the good type of fat!) and this type of fat has been found to support heart health by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, blood pressure and inflammation. One fascinating study found that consuming two or three serves (½–¾ cup) of pistachios daily improved the heart health of participants compared to people following a low-fat diet.

4. They are grown in Australia.

Pistachios have been growing in the Middle East for thousands of years (in fact, they’ve been found at Jarmo, an archaeological site from 6750BC – known as one of the earliest farming communities in the world – which is located in modern Iraq). In the late 1980s, Australian farmers took on the challenge to farm this crop and in the late 1990s, pistachios were readily available around the country. Current production in Australia averages about 1800 tonnes per year. However, Australians consume on average 3500 tonnes per year, meaning a good chunk of our supply is imported from other countries like the USA, Iran and Turkey.

In some countries, it is also known as the ‘smiling’ or ‘happy’ nut – indeed, when the hard casing splits, it can look like a smiling face.

5. They are good for blood-glucose levels.

Pistachios are a low-GI food, meaning they help to keep blood glucose levels stable and also make you feel fuller for longer. Some research has found that the healthy fats and protective compounds in pistachios may help improve blood-glucose control over time and help maintain healthy blood glucose levels. Plus, when we shell them ourselves, we are likely to consume less.

6. You get more nuts per serve.

Pistachios are one of the lowest-calorie nuts. This means that the kilojoules in 49 pistachios is equivalent to just 23 almonds! This means that you can have more per serving compared to pretty much any other nut. Who doesn’t like that?

7. They may help to protect against age-related vision loss.

Pistachios are also rich in the phytochemicals lutein and zeaxanthin, which may protect against age-related vision loss.

What Happens If You Eat Pistachio Shells?

what happens if you eat pistachio shells ? What if you eat pistachio shells or swallow a pistachio shell by accident? The first point to notice is that we have the hard pistachio shells and we have the fresh pistachio shell.

You cannot eat pistachio shells, the hard ones. It is too hard and it may break or chip your teeth. In some cases, it may cause serious gastrointestinal problems. However, the case for fresh pistachio shells (the red one) is different. So, What do we know about the properties of fresh pistachio shells? At first, the pistachio skin may seem worthless and useless, and nothing can be done with it. But it has some surprising uses.

How to eat pistachios

In this post, we try to tell you some detailed information about ” What happens if you eat pistachio shells?”. please read below carefully.

Some properties of fresh pistachio Shells are such as:

  • Fresh pistachio Shell is refreshing and soothing for the stomach. Fresh pistachio skin has anti-diarrhea and is very useful for hemorrhoids. It relieves pain and relieves the disease. Pour the pelvis and let the person with the disease sit for a few minutes.
  • The best medicine to relieve bad breath.
  • Chewing it will heal the sores in the mouth.
  • To strengthen the gum, it is useful to rub it on the gum or chew it.
  • Brewed fresh pistachio skin eliminates the heartache and vomiting.
  • Tailed it is useful for relieving diarrhea.
  • To remove hiccups, pistachio skin and drink a cup of it.
  • Fresh pistachio skin is cold and dry according to ancient medicine.
  • Pistachio shells contain a lot of antioxidants. These antioxidants neutralize the free radicals that come from cellular metabolism. These radicals cause heart disease and cancer.
  • Pistachio skin has anti-diarrhea properties and is very useful for hemorrhoids. Relieves pain and relieves illness. To treat this disease, boil the pistachio skin in boiling water and pour it into the pelvis and sit for a few minutes.
  • Green pistachio peel is used for dyeing.

Uses of nuts shells:

Shells of pistachio, walnut, hazelnut, and almond are among the products consumed as fuel in countries such as Turkey and there are good customers for this product, which is a by-product of pistachio. Fuel in Turkey is very expensive, which is why the skin of such fruits is widely used as fuel in this country, and given the high level of this product in Iran, this market can earn a lot of money. There are many.

White pistachio skin is useful for hemorrhoids and anal excretion. To treat this condition, you should boil the pistachio white skin in water and pour it into the pelvis and relieve the pain for a few minutes.

Pistachio oil is produced from white pistachio skin. Pistachio oil is a desirable moisturizer and absorbs quickly and does not stick to it and is a good choice for face and body massage. Its omega-6 fatty acids eliminate the effects of surgical wounds and prevent wrinkles around the eyes and face and most importantly make the hair clear. Oral consumption of this oil is also therapeutic and its phosphorus enhances intelligence and memory and its folic acid helps the growth and development of the fetal nervous system.

You can also make delicious pickled pistachio peels and jam from Shells of pistachio and use its properties.

This article reviews some of the properties and properties of pistachio peel. Pistachio peel has medicinal and commercial properties that can be used well in the industry to earn a good income.

This article reviews some of the properties and properties of pistachio peel. The results of this study showed that pistachio peel can be used as a cheap and accessible source of bioactive compounds. All extracts of acetone, methanol, ethanol, and water showed very strong antioxidant properties using two methods of sonication and soaking. Pistachio peel has medicinal and commercial properties that can be used well in the industry to earn a good income.

Please refer to the following link for ordering this product and using all its properties.

Pistachios are an excellent source of antioxidants , protein and fiber.

A new study that examined the effect of pistachios on body weight has found a significant degree of weight loss, reduction in BMI and waist circumference in overweight/obese adults.

Written by Longjam Dineshwori | Updated : July 30, 2020 11:23 AM IST

Several studies have linked regular nut consumption with lower body mass index (BMI) and reduced weight gain in adulthood. Since nuts are high in protein, fiber and micronutrients and low in saturated fatty acids, they are part of almost every diet plan. However, most of the nut-feeding studies and clinical trials have tested the effects of almonds and walnuts, with fewer studies done on pistachios. What many people didn’t know is that pistachios contain the highest levels of gamma-tocopherol, vitamin K, potassium, phytosterols, beta-carotene, and lutein, compared to other nuts. A new study that examined the effect of pistachios on body weight has found a significant degree of weight loss, reduction in BMI and waist circumference in overweight/obese adults.

The study, published in the July 20 issue of Nutrients, fed non-diabetic overweight/obese adults 42 gm of pistachios per day as part of a 4-month behavioral weight loss intervention. The pistachio group also showed a significant reduction in blood pressure, increased dietary fiber intake, and decreased consumption of sweets.

“Pistachios are a nutrient-dense tree nut that can contribute to a healthy dietary pattern and weight reduction, in the context of an energy-restricted diet in behavioral intervention, and may confer additional health benefits,” the researchers wrote in the paper.

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Below are some other research-backed health benefits of eating pistachios:

Prevent eye diseases

Pistachios are an excellent source of antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which are essential for eye health. According to experts, these substances can help reduce the chances of developing eye conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.

Promote digestive system

All nuts, including pistachios, are rich sources of fiber, play a major role in digestive health. Fiber keeps your bowel movements soft and regular and prevents constipation. A 2012 study suggested that eating pistachios may increase the levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut. In the study, people who ate up to 3 ounces of pistachios daily showed higher levels of potentially helpful gut bacteria than those who ate almonds.

Good for heart health

Adding pistachios to your diet may help reduce cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. A 12-year study published in 2001 suggested that eating nuts regularly (two portions daily) may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The study also linked eating nuts to a reduced risk of death from other causes. Pistachios may help reduce levels of harmful cholesterol in the body, claimed another study. A 2015 analysis of 21 studies reported that pistachios had the strongest effect of all the nuts when it comes to reducing blood pressure.

Good source of protein for vegans and vegetarians

If you’re a vegan and vegetarian, eating pistachios can contribute to your daily protein needs. Approximately 21 percent of the total weight of the nut is due to protein. You can get 6 g of protein per 1 ounce serving of pistachios. Pistachios also contain a higher amount of essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein, compared with other nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, and walnuts.