Tuesday, February 6, 2007


As most of you know, I have been a vegetarian now for a little over a year (January 1st, 2006). If you are a vegetarian, or know much about it, you know that nuts are a must have in the diet! I have recently fell in love with nuts. Growing up my mom would eat nuts and I would think they smelled gross, but now I LOVE THEM. I can't get enough nuts. My favorite would have to be the pistachio! They are quite pricey though, so I only eat them when they are provided for me. Fortunately the last couple days there has been a HUGE container of them in the kitchen at work, so I have been able to indulge in the beloved nut. If you haven't tried pistachios, I would highly recommend them. Most of them come salted, which tastes yummy, but also begins to counter-act all of their goodness. I wanted to look up some pistachio facts so that I could enlighten you all on their health benefits, so for your reading pleasure:


Key benefits of pistachios
Pistachios are rich in potassium (helps regulate the body's fluid balance), phosphorus (helps build bones and teeth) and magnesium (important element in the conversion of the body's energy), and are also a good source of vitamin B6 (aids protein metabolism and absorption) and thiamine (enhances energy and promotes normal appetite).

These nuts also have a relatively low calorie value when compared to other nuts and are cholesterol free, high in fiber and low in saturated fat.

These nuts are also a very good source of protein.

Like most other nuts, pistachios can also cut heart disease risk. The high monounsaturated fat content may actually lower cholesterol levels in the blood.

Pistachios also contain antioxidants in the form of phytochemicals. These plant nutrients have been associated with a decreased risk for developing chronic diseases, like cancer.

How much pistachios should you eat?
Pistachio nuts have a high monounsaturated fat and protein content. Don't eat more than 30 nuts (18 g) more than four times a week. To avoid piling on those pounds, substitute other high fat foods with pistachios – don't just add them on to your diet.

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