This blog post was requested by a very good friend of mine. Her new favorite nut is the pistachio nut.
A lot of people don’t eat enough nuts in their diet. Many think they are high in calories and fat, but don’t let that stop you from eating them. They are a great source of healthy fat (mono and poly saturated fat) and a great source of protein. They are also known to be high in magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Potassium is known to regulate muscle contractions, transmission of nerve impulses and assist in maintaining healthy blood presume levels. Potassium can also be found in bananas and oranges. Pistachios are also a fairly good source for vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is important because it helps brain function and is known to help the body to convert protein into energy. Recommendation for vitamin B6 is 1.6 mg for women and 2 mg for men a day.
The down side to pistachios is that they are super high in sodium. The right amount of sodium can be healthy especially for those of us who exercise and need to replace the salt that is lost through sweating. If you don’t work out often or are watching your sodium intake try looking for the pistachios that are unsalted. They still offer all the great health benefits.
I found this website that has some more interesting facts and health benefits about pistachios. I encourage you to check it out: http://www.pistachiohealth.com