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I LOVE pistachios!

I can buy the Costco-sized bag of pistachios and easily polish it off in a two-day time frame – by myself.. yikes! Lucky for me they are healthy (of course in moderation).

Pistachios are a good source of many nutrients including the following: calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B, folate and vitamin E. The Pistachio has the lowest fat content and calorie count of all other nuts. Here are the Top 5 health benefits that we found for pistachios:

1  Weight Loss

Many dieters question whether nuts are a good option when they are trying to lose weight.  While nuts are high in fat and calories, they are also made up of monounsaturated fats, the healthy fat. One Pistachio comes in at only 4 calories a piece, making them a quick and healthy snack. Try substituting a handful in place of greasy fried chips when you are craving a salty snack.

2  Fiber

They are a great source of fiber, coming in at 12.2 grams of fiber per 1 cup of pistachios. Pistachios contain insoluble fiber that promotes healthy digestion. It is recommended that you consume 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day, that being said, 1 cup of pistachios is a pretty good start. A good tip is to try keeping pistachios around the way that some people do sunflower seeds. Snack on then throughout the day to help curb your appetite and give you a constant source of vitamins and minerals.

3  Iron Absorption

If you aren’t anemic, iron absorption may not be a necessary concern for you. But for many, convincing their body to absorb the iron that they are putting into it can be much more of a task. Pistachios are high in copper content and copper helps the body absorb iron.

4  Blood Health

In addition to helping your body absorb iron, which is key to the body’s production of blood, pistachios can also help with hemoglobin levels. Hemoglobin is the protein responsible for carrying oxygen through the bloodstreams and delivering it to cells. So they end up being a rich source of vitamin B6, which is essential to the production of hemoglobin.

5  Eye Health

The Pistachio is the best foods that benefit your overall eye health. These are the only nuts that contain lutein and zeaxanthin; protective antioxidants that prevent tissue damage from free radicals. Lutein and zeaxanthin have been linked with preventing age-related degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in us.

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