There are lots of great reasons to enjoy pistachios!
- Pistachios are high in MUFA’s (monounsaturated fatty acids) and PUFA’s (polyunsaturated fatty acids), which can help lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and increase “good” cholesterol (HDL).
- They are a good source of fiber, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and E.
- They are rich in antioxidants, which can help prevent diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
- One serving is about 49 nuts and only contains 160 calories.
Purchasing and Storing Pistachios
- Pre-roasted pistachios are the most common form available.
- You can buy them with the shell on or already shelled.
- Seasonings such as salt and pepper are common. Unsalted pistachios are also available for those wishing to limit sodium intake.
- Check the best-buy date on the bag. Although they do not need to be refrigerated, storing pistachios in the fridge or freezer can prolong shelf life.
Ideas for Enjoying Pistachios
Pistachios have traditionally been a favorite cocktail snack or seasonal treat, but these nutritious little green nuts can contribute to a healthy diet and can be enjoyed more frequently!
- As a meat replacement in main dishes like pasta or casseroles.
- As the nutty coating on a cheese roll.
- In baked goods, using chopped pistachios, pistachio flour, or pistachio oil.
- Sprinkled on salads.
- Coarsely chopped in desserts like ice cream or pudding.
For more information and recipe ideas:
Recipes from the American Pistachio Growers
Did You Know?
Lutein, an antioxidant found in green and yellow vegetables, is also found in pistachios. This antioxidant has been widely studied and is associated with eye health. Pistachios have more lutein in them than any other nut.
Snack on a serving of pistachios. They are one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat, and highest fiber nuts.