Nuts are a healthy snack, chock-full of ingredients to help you stay in shape and lower your risk of heart disease. They do contain fat, but it’s the good fat your body needs a certain amount of.
Sometimes though, when we snack on nuts, we tend to eat too much of a portion size since they are “good for us”. The great thing about Pistachios is they are lower in calories and fat than the other nuts. A 1-ounce serving of dry-roasted pistachios contains 160 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 15 grams of fat, including only 2 grams of saturated fat.
Here’s some terrific benefits of Pistachios:
* Helps to lower Bad Cholesterol and increase Good Cholesterol
* Helps improve Blood Vessel Elasticity, (May decreas Blood Pressure)
* Great for your Skin as they contain Vitamin E
* Good source of Fiber (Nature’s Broom!)
* Contain Antioxidents, which defend tissues from free radical damage.
So while Almonds, Peanuts and Walnuts remain a popular healthy choice for snacking, don’t forget about the little green powerhouses called Pistachios. Ask Kermit, he knows!
Tip: If you get them out of the shell and roasted, make sure they are unsalted. Otherwise, that nullifies many of the heart health benefits.
Jack Witt, MS, CPT
Fitness and Health Coach