Research Confirms 5 Potential Healthful Benefits Of Pistachios

I have always loved eating salted pistachio nuts, but don’t like them in ice cream. These days, I like knowing what something does for my body when I eat it. Apparently, eating seeds and nuts does increase good health. I’ve read that those around the world who eat seeds and nuts regularly live longer. But, where’s the proof?

‘Compared to other nuts, pistachios represent a potentially functional food in preventing obesity-related metabolic dysfunctions [1]’.

I like drinking lime sparkling water when eating salted pistachios. It’s one of my treats for the weekend. It used to be Jack and cola or beer. Yet, I am pleasantly surprised I don’t miss drinking booze as much as I thought I would. Yet, it’s nice knowing pistachios are healthy to eat.

‘The health benefits of nuts, mainly in relation to the improvement of dysmetabolic conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus and the related cardiovascular diseases, have been widely demonstrated. Compared to other nuts, pistachios have a lower fat and caloric content, and contain the highest levels of unsaturated fatty acids, potassium, γ-tocopherol, phytosterols and xanthophyll carotenoids, all substances that are well known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. This variety of nutrients contributes to the growing body of evidence that the consumption of pistachios improves health, leading to a greater potential of healthy antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, glycemic control, and endothelial function. The present review examines the nutrients and phytochemicals present in pistachios as well as the potential health benefits of including pistachios in a diet [2]’.

Funny, how you get the craving for things. But, these cravings don’t always point us to healthiest foods. Most often cravings are for snack and junk food. I would say that often a craving for something is part of the addiction to it.

‘Pistachios can be consumed as a portion-controlled snack for individuals restricting calories to lose weight without concern that pistachios will cause weight gain. By comparison to refined carbohydrate snacks such as pretzels, pistachios may have beneficial effects on triglycerides as well [3]’.

I lost 50 pounds in a year, but when I still felt lousy, I was perplexed. I didn’t know about things like how lectins can cause one painful inflammation throughout his whole body. I also got stuck losing weight when I came down from over 200 pounds to around 185.

What eating pistachios could do for you…

  1. People who eat seeds and nuts regularly are known to be healthier
  2. And, live longer
  3. Various nuts and seeds contain antioxidants to help fight inflammation
  4. Eating them could help stabilize blood sugar
  5. Also, may protect endothelial (inner) layer of veins and arteries

I got hungry for sweets and refined carbs like chips and crackers when losing weight. What made me stop craving sugar and chips was when I discovered eating rice, beans and potatoes gave me long lasting energy.

Later, I learned I had to cook my rice, beans and potatoes in a pressure cooker to reduce lectin potency in the easiest and most efficient way. And, when I gave up grains like wheat (gluten,) corn, barley, rye and oats, my inflammation began to subside and I soon began feeling a lot better.

‘Consumption of nuts and seeds accounts for meaningful decreases in biologic aging and cell senescence [4]’.

Source- 1 Terzo, Simona, et al. “Pistachio Consumption Prevents and Improves Lipid Dysmetabolism by Reducing the Lipid Metabolizing Gene Expression in Diet-Induced Obese Mice.” Nutrients, MDPI, 1 Dec. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6316241/.

2 Terzo S;Baldassano S;Caldara GF;Ferrantelli V;Lo Dico G;Mulè F;Amato A; “Health Benefits of Pistachios Consumption.” Natural Product Research, U.S. National Library of Medicine, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29241364/.

3 Li Z;Song R;Nguyen C;Zerlin A;Karp H;Naowamondhol K;Thames G;Gao K;Li L;Tseng CH;Henning SM;Heber D; “Pistachio Nuts Reduce Triglycerides and Body Weight by Comparison to Refined Carbohydrate Snack in Obese Subjects on a 12-Week Weight Loss Program.” Journal of the American College of Nutrition, U.S. National Library of Medicine, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20833992/.

4 LA;, Tucker. “Consumption of Nuts and Seeds and Telomere Length in 5,582 Men and Women of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).” The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, U.S. National Library of Medicine, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28244560/.

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

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