In Iran, pistachios are known as the “smiling nut.” In China, it's called the “happy nut.” Pistachios are also known as the "green almond.”
For Your Heart
The Snack That Loves You Back
Want to keep your heart healthy? Eat pistachios! There is growing evidence that shows a diet that includes tree nuts, such as pistachios, is associated with a healthy ticker.
Want some proof?
Pistachios are included in the FDA's qualified health claim, which states:
"Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pistachios, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. [See nutrition information for fat content.]”
Everybody’s talking about cholesterol. Well, pistachios can help support cardiovascular management thanks to something called phytosterols (pistachios have in spades) which actually compete with cholesterol from the diet for absorption.
We all need some fat in our diet. Fat adds flavor which makes any snack a satisfying treat. The trick is to choose foods that contain good fats (unsaturated) as opposed to bad fats (saturated). Pistachios are a great choice of snack because they contain almost 90% unsaturated fat, i.e. the good stuff. So the next time you consider ordering french fries, choose a healthier, crunchier snack of pistachios instead.
Oxidation is a process that creates free radicals in the body, which can be harmful to your cells. Pistachios offer many different antioxidants, which can help to support the heart and the body.