Pistachios aren’t the most celebrated of nuts. Peanuts, walnuts, cashews—they all get quite a bit more attention, and we consume them all quite a bit more than we do the humble pistachio. However, should this be the case? There are many health benefits to be had from a healthy scoop of pistachios here and there, some of which you won’t find in those other, more popular, overly-salted nuts.
1. Raw Nutrients: To start, pistachios are just chock full of nutrients. For example, a 30g serving of pistachios contains a grand total (on average) of 49 kernels, 170 calories and a potent combination of various vitamins and phytonutrients. In addition, you get a good dose of copper and manganese with pistachios, both of which, within reason, can help form the foundation of a healthy and active body.
2. An Abundance Of Vitamins: The pistachio, from a nutritious standpoint, is somewhat like those Russian stacking dolls—every time you open one up, there’s layers upon layers, each with a new surprise waiting inside. They’re a great source of Vitamin B6; on average, a typical serving of pistachios can contain up to twenty percent of the Daily Value of Vitamin B6. In addition, they are a great source contain nutrients, such as thiamin (15% DV) and various other Vitamin B variants. These variants include biotin and folate(4% DV each) and the triumvirate of riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid (2% DV each.)
3. Fiber: The average American does not take in as much fiber as is generally recommended by health institutes and medical studies. This might be for a variety of reasons, but the result is clear—less fiber, in this context, can lead to a weaker and less operable body (not to mention issues with digestion.) Fiber is a necessary part of any daily meal regimen, and the humble pistachio packs quite a punch here as well.
The recommended amount of total fiber intake per one thousand calories comes to roughly 14g. Pistachios can be a great help in reaching this number, as a typical serving of pistachio nuts contains 3g of dietary fiber. As you can see, just a small helping of pistachios can already help you put a good-sized dent in that 14g total. What’s more, eating similar pistachio servings at intervals throughout the day can help keep your other bodily processes regular and viable as well.