Pistachios- Healthy power houses….

Pistachios- Healthy power houses….

Pistachios have always been a tasty nut but have always been blamed for the wrong reasons. In India, they have been spotted in the wrong places or rather we can say in the wrong foods. They are in our burfis and many other high calorie sweets. They take the main place on the tables while drinking alcohol at parties. Poor pistachios, they are blamed for heart disease and obesity while the fats in the sweets and calories in alcohol are forgotten.

Let us take a look at the healthy benefits of pistachios…..pistachio_nuts

Pistachios are nutrient dense and contain considerable amounts of vitamins and minerals. They are high in copper,phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and vitamin B6 and many other B vitamins. The phosphorous in these help to build bones and teeth. Potassium maintains your blood pressure and fluid balance in the body. The B vitamins help in the efficient breaking down of food and helps in better digestion and weight loss.

They are high in protein and is great for vegetarians those who want to boost their protein intake. They stabilize blood sugars as they are rich in fiber too, so fiber and protein in pistachios give it a status of a great midday snack.

Although they are high in calories, if eaten in moderate amounts,they provide monounsaturated fats which help to cut down the risk of heart disease and stroke. And remember, They do not contain contain cholesterol, in fact they are known to reduce cholesterol levels.

They are high in antioxidants in the form of phytochemicals, there by preventing various cancers and heart disease.

Now how do you get their maximum benefits?

  • Do not eat more than 10 pistachios per day.
  • Add chopped pistachios on yogurt.
  • Do not bake them at high temperatures.
  • Do not mix salt and oil in them. Have them plain.
  • Add in them stir-fries or in salads.
  • Have them on your porridge or in your sandwich for a crunchy feel.
  • Lastly, do not combine alcohol with these nuts. This increases the fat content of the meal and can clog your arteries.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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