Are Pistachios Good For You?
Whether you like to snack on them plain or you love loading up on some baklava, pistachios are a versatile and delicious nut. But are pistachios actually good for you? Read on to find out more about their health benefits and nutritional information.
Pistachios are from the cashew family and are originally from the Middle East and Central Asia, and are therefore a key ingredient in many staple dishes in different countries across these regions. They are grown in clusters, and Iran is the biggest producer of the nut in the world.
Do they have nutritional value?
Yes, pistachios are nutritionally valuable, containing:
- High levels of minerals such as zinc, magnesium and potassium
- Very high in fibre, contributing to good gut health
- High in vitamins B6
- Good source of protein
- Very high levels of carotenoids, which are antioxidants
Are pistachios healthy?
As part of a balanced diet, yes — pistachios are good for you. The antioxidants help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. While they do contain fat, these are monounsaturated fats that can help lower levels of bad cholesterol — in other words, these fats are good for your heart.
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.