Pistachios are unique tree nuts that have a distinct, well-loved flavor. Humans have been consuming these nuts since the 6th century, adding them into salads, soups, and pasta or even just enjoying them on their own.
The pistachio is known as the “smiling pistachio” in Iran and the “happy nut” in China because of its partially opened shell. It is also called the “green almond” or pista, which is related to poison oak, mangoes, cashews, and sumac.
Incorporating pistachios into your daily diet is extremely good for you because of the following:
• Rich in lutein, vitamin E, and beta-carotene
• Excellent source of selenium, copper, calcium, zinc, potassium, and manganese
• Maintains normal levels of cholesterol, reducing oxidized low-density lipoproteins and increasing antioxidant levels
• Helps you lose excess weight and maintaining your healthy weight.
• Reduces inflammation
• Improved blood glucose levels
• Targets fat in the abdomen
• Lowers systolic blood pressure
• Reduces vascular stress responses
• Contains oleanolic acid, which prevents the leukotriene B (an agent that promotes inflammation) production
• Alleviates allergic and atopic contact dermatitis
Whether the dish is savory or sweet, pistachios can make them more flavorful and nutrient-rich. If you prefer to eat them as a snack, just remove their shells and tuck in. Add pistachios into your pesto and fruit salad. You can also make breading or pie crusts by grinding them.
Take note of the quality of pistachios before you consume them. This would make sure you get all the health benefits of these nuts.
Keep away from bleached pistachios because the process affects the levels of phytochemicals in these nuts. Organic, unbleached pistachios are the safest kind you should buy.
Only then would you be able to harness its health and flavor benefits.