Although nuts are high in fat and calories and just a half cup of shelled Pistachios with no salt added has 170 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 1.5 grams of saturated fat, experts are quick to point out that the fat in nuts is healthy monounsaturated fat, which is an essential component of a healthy diet.
A new scientific study showed that overweight people should add pistachios to their diet, as it facilitates weight reduction, as well as limits high blood pressure.
The Health Site, based on the journal Nutrients, indicate that researchers conducted a study in which obese people were asked to eat 42 grams of Pistachios per day for four months.
The researchers confirms that, at the end of this period, all participants' weight decreased and the size of their waists decreased. The majority of them also lost the desire to eat sweets, and their blood pressure decreased significantly which helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
One of the researchers point that, "Pistachio nuts are nutritious, rich in protein, beneficial dietary fiber and micronutrients. Among the best sources are vitamin K, potassium, phytosterol (vegetable sterols), gamma-tocopherol (vitamin E), and beta-carotene."
The researchers stress that Pistachios are a very good source of dietary fiber, which plays an important role in the digestion of food and keeps your bowel movements soft and regular and prevents constipation. Pistachios also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are considered to be the most important antioxidants that protect cells from damage. As it works to neutralize the roots harmful to the health of the eyes and reduce the chances of developing eye conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.