We've all heard the saying 'it's too good to be true' and we often associate this saying when thinking about foods that are delicious and healthy. While often delicious foods are not, this is not the case for the pistachio. This little nut holds a surprising amount of benefits for our bodies.
While it's true that everything should be eaten in moderation and having too much of anything can be bad for you, you'd have to eat a considerable amount of pistachio's to see any downside of this nut. For example, a serving size of 28 grams or roughly 49 nuts (which seems like a lot) has the following nutritional facts:
- Calories: 159
- Carbs: 8 grams
- Fibre: 3 grams
- Protein: 6 grams
- Fat: 13 grams (90% are unsaturated fats)
- Potassium: 6% of the RDV (recommended daily value)
- Phosphorus: 11% of the RDV
- Vitamin B6: 28% of the RDV
- Thiamine: 21% of the RDV
- Copper: 41% of the RDV
- Manganese: 15% of the RDV
With this knowledge, you may be more inclined to pick up the bag of pistachio's you find so tempting, but wait, there's more!
Pistachios are actually known to increase the health of our guts, which can contribute immensely to our overall health. Anything from the brain and heart, to our immune system, can see benefits from consuming this delicious nut. So it's not a bad idea to include them into your regular diet.
The best time to consume this treat
It's a little known fact that nuts are actually recommended when it comes to getting a good nights sleep, and pistachios may be your best choice! Given they aren't too high in calories and are rich in magnesium, vitamin B6 and protein they facilitate sleep and will even help you sleep better. Just don't overdo it as taking in too many calories before bed can end up keeping you awake.