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Are pistachios healthy?

  1. Are pistachios healthy? That's nice for sure, but what's actually in a pistachio nut? And is this content healthy or are there also disadvantages to eating pistachios? What is actually the origin of pistachios? Moreover, is there a difference between the raw, roasted and the roasted pistachio nut?

Origin of pistachios

  1. 7000 B.C. people were already eating pistachios. This happened in Turkey, Syria and the surrounding areas. As a result, he eventually ended up in Italy and became a nut that keeps coming back in history. This is how he is described a number of times in the Bible. The pistachio nut was consumed by the rich, travelers and the common people. But not in the country that is now called Ethiopia. Legend has it that the Queen of Sheba wanted them as a nut for the wealthy. The normal people were therefore not allowed to grow them themselves for their own use.

Healthy and tasty nut

  1. The pistachio nut contains many nutrients (see below). A handful of pistachios a day therefore fits well in a healthy diet and is therefore the perfect treat for a drink.

The different types of pistachios

  1. In general, everyone knows that pistachios are available unsalted and salted. But they are also available raw, roasted and roasted. What's the difference between these three?

Raw pistachios

  1. Raw pistachios are unprocessed, so they retain more vitamins and minerals than roasted and roasted pistachios. Because they are raw, the taste is somewhat less strong than the roasted and roasted varieties.

Roasted Pistachios

  1. Roasted pistachios are dry roasted. This enhances the taste, but the pistachio does lose some vitamins and minerals. Due to the roasting, the pistachios are browner than the raw variety. The flavor is also enhanced by roasting.

Roasted pistachios

  1. Roasted pistachios have an even stronger flavor than the roasted pistachios. This is because they are fried in oil. By being roasted at a high temperature, the roasted pistachios do have fewer minerals and vitamins than the unroasted varieties. In addition, they have more fat because they are fried in oil.

What's in it?

  1. 100 grams of pistachios (unsalted) is 649 kcal

Pistachios have a satisfying effect

  1. Pistachios contain a lot of protein and fat, so they are more filling and ensure that you can better fight binges. You do not eat too much of it and you still have a satiated feeling. This reduces the chance that you will consume foods with a lot of carbohydrates, because you are already full. In the long run this can therefore cause your intake of the amount of bad calories to decrease.

Pistachios against the glycation process

  1. The special antioxidants in pistachios can reduce a process called glycation. This is common with diabetes. Glycation is a process in which sugars do not connect well with the protein. This makes the protein unusable and the tissue very hard and stiff. The danger of this tissue is that so-called end products are formed, the advanced glycation end products. These are very harmful to the body. With diabetes, the risk is high that you will get these end products in your body with a long-term high blood sugar level. The antioxidants fight this glycation process.

Prevents macular degeneration

  1. Macular degeneration is an eye disease that slowly diminishes your field of vision. This makes it difficult for adults to read and even recognizing people is more difficult. Free radicals attack and damage cells. This causes the macular degeneration. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two antioxidants present in pistachios. They fight against these free radicals, thus avoiding cell damage which can lead to macular degeneration.

Immune system protection

  1. A healthy immune system needs the right amount of vitamin B6. Pistachios contain a good amount of this vitamin. A vitamin B6 deficiency can prevent the brain and immune system from functioning properly. The immune system is less able to fight against infections. The vitamin B6 in pistachios also helps make healthy red blood cells. In addition, pistachios help keep lymph nodes healthy. This protects the production of white blood cells. White blood cells protect the body against infection.

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