Introduction:Pistachios, called the "happy nut" in China may be better for your health than you realize. Keep reading to find out interesting facts about Pistachio nuts.
The pistacia tree must grow about 7-years to reach prime production of pistachio nuts. Bright green nuts, in a rose-colored skin are "whacked" off the pistacia tree, leaving them bruised and discolored. After harvesting, they are dried, dyed red and roasted.
Interestingly, Californians prefer green pistachios! (Probably due to the fact this state is health conscious and people choose not to consume the red dye.
Pistachios are power-packed with fiber and contain heart healthy monosaturated fat. At an Experimental Biology Conference in Washington, D.C., a researcher stated that a handful of pistachios may lower LDL cholesterol and provide the equivalent of antioxidants contained in fruit and leafy veggies.
Research conducted at the American Diabetic Food and Nutrition conference concluded that by snacking on unshelled pistachio nuts, the study participants consumed 40% fewer calories than the others who ate the shelled nuts. They concluded that when people must work for food, they eat slower, which allows the fullness hormone to communicate with the brain.
Pistachios have been around over 7000 years and along with almonds, they are a Biblical approved nut. In Genesis 43:11 we read, ".a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds."
In a study at Penn State University, it was concluded that pistachio nuts may reduce the everyday effects of stress. The participants had high cholesterol and normal blood pressure. By eating 1.5 ounces of pistachio nuts daily, their systolic blood pressure dropped 4.8 millimeters; no change was experienced in resting blood pressure.
You'll eat fewer calories, protect your heart and potentially lower cholesterol and stress induced blood pressure by snacking on unshelled pistachio nuts. Not to mention, pistachios are stamped with Biblical approval!
Excellent list. H5.
I never could understand why they are dyed red.
Pistachios really are a great source of fiber. Sit there and enjoy them while watching a game, and about an hour later, it's time to move!
Yum! Tasty and good for you, too. It's nice when those two things come together in foods.
This is really interesting! I love pistachio nuts!
Thanks for a great list! I love them. :)
One of my daughters makes the best pesto with pistachio nuts you'd ever want to eat. She is a health nut herself. Thank you for the many great benefits and facts of one of my favorite nuts.
Thanks for the list of facts about pistachio nuts. Well done.
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