Filling, Fulfilling Nuts

Filling, Fulfilling Nuts
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Filling, Fulfilling Nuts, Nutritious with High Levels of Protein and Vitamins. Wonderful pistachios make for a crunchy, yummy snack. The pleasure of eating pistachios especially the flavoured ones is similar to eating a junk food without the harm of the junk.

In India, one only thinks of almonds and its benefits when they think of health, forgetting the pistachios that are so vital in our daily diet.

Wonderful pistachios make for a crunchy, yummy snack. The pleasure of eating pistachios especially the flavoured ones is similar to eating a junk food without the harm of the junk.

An interesting thing about these nuts is that they are lower in fat and calories than the other nuts. Thus, they make an excellent snack. Besides, they are often used in gravies, pastes, pates and garnishes. A mere 100g of pistachios contain 19.3g protein, 14mg iron, 140mg calcium. Iron assists in the process of respiration and energy, increases red blood cells. Also, 30 pistachios (imagine this amount in your hand!) contain only 100 calories.

They are extremely nutritious with high levels of protein and vitamins. They are packed with vitamin B6 as well as vitamin A. Over the years, studies have shown that diets rich in pistachios can lower cholesterol levels, reduce incidents of heart attacks and, most recently, it has been discovered that pistachios help keep blood glucose levels normalised. We all need some fat in our diets. Fats add flavour. The trick is to choose foods that contain good fats(unsaturated) as compared to bad fats(saturated). Pistachios contain almost 90% unsaturated fats. They are among the highest fibre, lowest calorie nuts. As a matter of fact, one ounce serving of pistachios scores higher on antioxidants than a cup of green tea! Studies show that pistachio nuts essentially reduce the expression of the inflammatory gene IFN which stimulates your fat burning response by 78% apparently. Pistachios are an anti-inflammatory bomb which is great for your overall health.

The nicest fact about these nuts is that it contains fibre. Because of its fiber content, the pistachio is also extremely low in the glycemic index. This means that a smaller amount will keep you fuller for a longer time. As mentioned earlier, 30 pistachios contain only 100 calories. They are a great no fuss travel snack! So rev up your metabolism and munch away on pistachios!

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