Hearts are a universal symbol of love, and pistachios contain an array of nutrients that may contribute to heart health. In addition to good-for-you fats, pistachios also contain phenolic compounds and carotenoids, which have been associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and certain types of cancer. Raw pistachios contain approximately thirteen times more of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin than the next highest type of nut. Additionally, studies suggest diets that include pistachios tend to be linked to lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, even for those who are at high risk for diabetes.¹
Pistachios delight the senses with their unique flavor, color and scent. It is said that in ancient Persia, lovers used to meet under pistachio trees and listen to the cracking of nuts in the moonlight, which was a sign they’d be happy.
By-bye love handles! A typical one-ounce serving of pistachios contains just 160 satisfying calories. Studies suggest that people who regularly eat nuts tend to have higher quality diets. Additionally, including nuts as part of a calorie restricted diet may help keep dieters on track and increase their weight loss. Despite the high energy and fat content of nuts, numerous studies indicate that nut consumption is not associated with weight gain or increased obesity risk.¹
A healthy sex life is vital to self-esteem, overall health, and satisfying relationships.² Emerging research suggests that men who added pistachios to their diet for three weeks improved markers of erectile function at the end of the study.³ The small study of 17 men (between the ages of 38 and 59) with erectile dysfunction saw improvements in measures of erectile function and sexual satisfaction after eating 3.5 ounces of pistachios daily for three weeks. More comprehensive studies need to be conducted to draw conclusive results.
1. Bullo M et al. Nutrition Attributes and Health Effects of Pistachio Nuts. Br J Nutr. 2015 Apr;113 Suppl 2:S79-93. doi: 10.1017/S0007114514003250.
2. Harvard Health Publications. Sexuality at Midlife and Beyond. A Harvard Medical School Special Health Report. June 2003. Available at: http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/excerpted-from-sexuality-at-midlife-and-beyond.
3. Aldemir M,Okulu E, Neselioğlu S, Erel O, Kayigil Ő. Pistachio diet improves erectile function parameters and serum lipid profiles in patients with erectile dysfunction. Int J Impot Res.2011. 23(1):32-8.