Interesting Facts About Pistachio: They’re Super Healthy!

It is time to get cracking! The pistachio harvest in California (the number one producer of these tasty nuts) runs August to early October and is just wrapping up. Pistachios are nature’s super nut. What other food can bring happiness, warm your soul, fuel a town and get a mention in the Bible? The pistachio can do it all.
Not only are pistachio nuts tasty and fun to eat, they’re also super healthy. Technically a fruit, these edible seeds of the Pistacia vera tree contain healthy fats and are a good source of protein, fiber and antioxidants.
They also contain several essential nutrients and have benefits for weight loss, as well as heart and gut health. Interestingly, people have been eating pistachios since 7,000 BC. Nowadays, they are very popular in many dishes, including ice cream and desserts,
Pistachios are wonder nuts not just for the amazing health and nutrition benefits they carry, but also for the amazing history they have. We bet there are quite a handful of interesting facts about this in-shell nut that you are not aware about.
Here some interesting facts about Pistachio:
1. The Italians were ahead of the game. In the first century A.D. Emperor Vitellius introduced Rome to the pistachio. Apicius, Rome’s 5th-century A.D. recipe book, and that era’s version of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, includes pistachios. (Word’s still out on how much longer it took the Italians to come up with pistachio gelato—YUM.)
2. Abide by the “Pistachio Principle.” Research suggests that as one of the only in-shell snack nuts, pistachios may help slow consumption and the empty shells offer a visual cue, potentially reducing calorie intake. A preliminary behavioral eating study suggests that in-shell snackers ate 41 percent fewer calories than those who snacked on shelled nuts. This effect is known as “The Pistachio Principle.”
3. Pistachios are also called skinny nuts and the reason is their amazing nutrition profile. One pistachio nut has 3 calories and one cup of shelled pistachios have about 713 calories. This skinny nut has more dietary fiber and thiamin than yeast breads. Interestingly, 90% of the fat contained in pistachio is monounsaturated fat which also lowers the risk of heart diseases.
4. Red Pistachios do not exist. Pistachios are naturally green; however, sometimes, importers will dye them red in order to hide certain blemishes. Blemishes can occur due to the way the nuts are harvested. Dyed red pistachios are safe for consumption.
5. Better than a caveman diet. The nuts are also the original prehistoric snack! One of the oldest flowering nut trees, humans have eaten pistachio nuts for at least 9,000 years. Plus, pistachios are one of the only two nuts mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 43:11).
6. What’s in a name? That which we call a pistachio is known as the “smiling nut” in Iran and the “happy nut” in China. They’re also known as the “green almond.”
7. Scientific evidence suggests that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pistachios, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.

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