Everyone knows that nuts are a great food to include in your diet.
The reason you’d know this is because nuts have recently been the subject of many studies, many of which have shown nuts to have a positive impact on health.
Most of the time when one thinks of nuts we think of peanuts or almonds. Both of which are positively great for your health. But one of the healthiest nuts around is the pistachio.
These green nuts, while not actually a nut (they are a seed), happen to be one of the healthiest around.
They are loaded with various compounds, minerals, and nutrients which can help to make your life better and longer.
3 GREAT Reasons To Eat Pistachios Daily
1 – They’re Good For Your Heart: Pistachios have been linked to a reduction in cholesterol; which can have a positive impact on heart health.
In several studies researchers replaced part of the calories in a person’s diet with pistachios.
Once that was done it was observed that many times a person had improvements in good cholesterol while their bad cholesterol lowered.
“One four-week study in people with high LDL cholesterol had participants consume 10% of their daily calories from pistachios.
The study showed that the diet lowered LDL cholesterol by 9%. What’s more, a diet consisting of 20% of calories from pistachios lowered LDL cholesterol by 12%
In another study, 32 young men first followed a Mediterranean diet for four weeks. Pistachios were then added to that diet in place of its monounsaturated fat content, totaling about 20% of their daily calorie intake.
After four weeks on the diet, they experienced a 23% reduction in LDL cholesterol, a 21% reduction in total cholesterol and a 14% reduction in triglycerides.”
2 – May Improve Blood Sugar:
Bad blood sugar is one of the leading causes of chronic disease in the world.
Fortunately, pistachios are one of the few foods that contain carbohydrates that can help control blood sugar.
In one study, all it took was 2 oz. of pistachios to help control blood sugar. When these 2 oz. were added to an already carbohydrate rich diet it was observed that blood sugar went down.
Another study showed that all it took was 1 oz. of pistachios to drop fasting blood sugar by 10%. In this study people with type 2 diabetes were asked to eat just 0.9 ounces (25 grams) of pistachios as a snack twice a day for 12 weeks.
At the end of the study their fasting blood sugar was down 10%.
3 – They may guard against cancer: Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases known to man.
The uncontrolled growth of certain cells often leads to disfigurement or death.
Fortunately, compounds in pistachios can help to fight cancer. This is because they are loaded with antioxidants, molecules known to fight the formation of free-radicals which are closely linked with the formation of cancer.
In fact, pistachios are shown to have a higher number of antioxidants in them than just about any other nut or seeds on the planet.
Just a few ounces of pistachios a day are more than enough to increase the body’s levels of antioxidants.
One study showed that eating pistachios twice a day enhanced levels of the antioxidants lutein and γ-tocopherol (as when compared to those who did not eat pistachios).Best of all is how easily the body process the antioxidants. Unlike many other food-based sources of antioxidants, these kind have a higher rate of bioavailability which means they are easily absorbed during digestion.