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Nutrition

HeartRecent research has shown that pistachio nuts are remarkably nutritious. Not only do they contain a  wide variety of vitamins and minerals, but cholesterol free pistachios are an excellent source of protein and fiber. Far from the common misconception that pistachio nuts are fattening, several studies have shown that pistachios can actually encourage weight loss.

The University of Toronto recently unveiled new study findings that show incorporating pistachios into a meal results in delayed emptying of the stomach and blunting of the blood sugar curve, which may be of benefit to long term blood sugar control.

New Study

The new study led by researcher Dr. Cyril WC Kendall from University of Toronto’s Department of Nutritional Sciences and funded by the Western Pistachio Association, looked at the effects of pistachios on glucose and insulin responses and on its influence on satiety, or level of fullness. Previous studies have examined pistachios’ effect on glucose levels which showed a dose response effect on blood sugar levels. In order to further assess pistachios’ impact on health, Dr. Kendall and his team studied the effect of pistachios on serum glucose, insulin levels and gut satiety hormone responses.

“Our study found that strategies, such as pairing pistachios with meals decrease blood sugar peaks after a meal, which may result in a lower risk for type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease (CHD) risk,” said Dr. Kendall.

Nutritional Facts

Pistachio nuts contain 13 grams of fat, but out of that, 11 grams are "good" fat grams which include 7g monounsaturated and 4g polyunsaturated, which may lower LDL (bad cholesterol). There are 0g trans fat in pistachios.
Pistachios naturally contain no cholesterol!
Pistachios contain only 8g (3% Daily Value) of carbohydrates.
One serving of pistachios contains 3g of fiber.
There are 6g of protein in one serving of pistachios — the same amount as in a one-ounce serving of soybeans.
You can receive many necessary vitamins and minerals from pistachios. Each serving contains the following percentage of suggested daily requirements:

* Vitamin A 2%
* Vitamin C 0%
* Calcium 4%
* Iron 6%
* Vitamin E 4%
* Thiamin 15%
* Vitamin B6 20%
* Folate 4%
* Phosphorus 15%
* Magnesium 8%
* Copper 20%


 

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