Facts About Pistachios
Wonderfully delicious pistachio nuts have long been cherished as the symbol of wellness and robust health since ancient times. Known as the Skinny Nut because pistachios are one of the lowest calorie and lowest fat nuts. Each nut has only 3 calories. They are currently being cultivated on a larger scale in the USA, Iran, Syria, Turkey, and China. California produces 98.5% of the nation’s pistachios.
In Iran it is called the “smiling pistachio” and in China the “happy nut.”
One serving (2 tbsp) contains:
- 21% DV* of Copper
- 10% of Potassium
- 10% of Magnesium
- 16% of Phosphorus
- 19% of Thiamin
- 28% Vitamin B6
The combination of all these compounds may help remove toxic free-radicals from the human body, and thus, protect it from diseases, cancers, and infections.
*%DV: Percent Daily Value (DV) references how much a certain nutrient contributes in one serving of food in relation to the daily requirement.
Pistachio Nutrition & Health
Like most nuts, pistachios are naturally cholesterol free, gluten free, low in saturated fat and are a low glycemic-index food. They are good source of protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins & minerals and particularly:
- Excellent source of Vitamin E: This antioxidant vitamin helps to maintain the integrity of cell membranes in the skin. It also protects skin from UV damage, defending against premature aging and skin cancer.
- Excellent source of Vitamin B6: This vitamin helps maintain a healthy nervous system as well as playing an important role in immunity by ensuring production of white blood cells that defend the body from infection.
- Contains carotenoids: Carotenoids act as antioxidants which protect the eye from free radical damage.
- Excellent source of copper: One serving contains 40% of daily value. Copper is an essential trace mineral that is required in neurotransmission, metabolism, as well as red blood cell (RBC) production.