Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.
According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.
One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).
Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.
One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.
Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.
You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.
Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.
Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.
Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!