5 Ways That Pistachios Help You Stay Healthy

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
Pistachios are a healthy snack

Pistachios are nutrition, literally, in a nutshell. The possibilities are endless when it comes to using pistachios in your favorite meals and snacks. The nuts are great alone as a snack, mixed into a trail mix, placed in baked goods, or paired with meat. Pistachios also contain many nutritional health benefits. Read on to learn more about the healthy perks of eating this delicious snack.


Protein-rich snack

A one ounce serving of pistachios contains about 6 grams of protein. Your body breaks protein down into amino acids, which repair tissues and create new molecules. By eating snacks rich in protein, you will feel more satiated and your cravings for unhealthy food will be reduced.

Healthy ratio of good fatty acids

Pistachios contain 13 grams of fat per serving. Only 2 of these grams are saturated fats, which are the fats associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. The remainder of the fats are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. These fats actually protect the heart and include omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to lower “bad” cholesterol levels.

Beneficial antioxidants

Your cells accumulate oxidative damage as they grow older. Oxidation is thought to be caused by free radicals in the body that cause damage to cells. Antioxidants can eliminate these free radicals and reverse cellular damage. Pistachios are a great source of antioxidants such as lutein, gamma-tocopherol, and beta-carotene. Researchers have found that incorporating pistachios into your diet can lower the level of harmful LDL cholesterol in your body and reduce oxidation.

Wealth of phosphorus

Pistachios contain phosphorus, which is an element essential for proper physiological function. Getting adequate amounts of phosphorus helps your cells produce energy and strengthens your bones. A one ounce serving of pistachios has about 137 mg of phosphorus, or about 14 percent of your recommended daily intake.

Supplement some vitamin B6

Without enough vitamin B6, your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and cognitive dysfunction increases. By consuming more vitamin B6, you can improve your cardiovascular health and nourish your brain. Women should consume about 1.5 mg of vitamin B6 per day and men should consume about 2 mg per day. A one ounce serving of pistachios contains about .4 mg. If you are running low on this essential vitamin, consider snacking on pistachios every day to keep your levels up.

Where to find a variety of pistachios and snacks

Heart Of The Desert is the trademark for the products grown at Eagle Ranch, in southern New Mexico. We source our products straight from our 105 acres of pistachio groves near Alamogordo. Field care, harvesting, and processing all take place on site at Eagle Ranch. We offer a wide selection of pistachios, wines, gourmet foods, gift baskets, and more. We also offer a variety of events throughout the year, including farm tours and wine tasting. For more information about how we can help you, call us today at (800) 432-0999 or Contact Us by email.