The Skinny on Pistachios
Nuts have always gotten a bad rap. They are high in fat which is true, but the value goes deeper than that. All fat is not created equal. There are saturated fats, unsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats.
Saturated fats are the worst. But, the body needs a certain amount of saturated fats each day to help with cellular membrane integrity. On a larger scale, the amount found in some nuts, particularly pistachios, is minimal.
Unsaturated fats are actually good fats. They help to increase the HDL (good) cholesterol numbers. This is the type of cholesterol that keeps blood vessels clean and elastic so they can function properly. That is what you want.
Nuts also contain protein. Since it is plant protein, it is better for you overall. Eating protein at each meal can reduce cravings for sugar throughout the day.
Now, let’s get down to the pistachios. Speaking of them specifically, a one-ounce serving of this nut contains about 13 grams of fat. This seems like a lot, but most of the fat is unsaturated so it contributes to the good cholesterol profile.
Pistachios are also low in carbohydrates. Since many people are looking for what carbs they can eat and maintain a healthy diet, here is one good choice. There is dietary fiber which works to fill you up and keep your blood sugar level throughout the day.
If you are in need of vitamins and minerals, try eating pistachios. They are full of B vitamins. B vitamins are essential for a healthy metabolism, healthy skin, muscles, eyes and nerve tissue. Other essential elements include arginine, copper and manganese. All are important for immune and nerve function.
When it comes to nuts there are a few things to beware of if you want them to stay healthy. For one, eat in moderation. Nuts are good for you but eating too many can increase your fat intake too much. Stick to one serving at a time for a snack.
Also, nuts that you purchase in the store can contain some extra unneeded ingredients. Don’t purchase nuts that have added salt and sugar in the form of honey roasted or praline nuts. And, a word about pistachio ice cream – use as an occasional treat. Otherwise, stick with plain pistachios.