Pistachio (la. Pistacia vera) is a tree that can grow up to 10 meters and has long leaves of 10-20 cm. its natural inhabitant is Southwest Asia. Pistachios contain 50% fatty oil, 20% protein, 20% carbohydrate, 2% fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron.
It is amazing what kind of benefits consuming these foods brings to our health.
1. Such diet which includes daily dose of 68 grams of pistachio may help reduce the risk of lung cancer, but also other kinds of cancer. Pistachio intake significantly increases the status of the gamma-tocopherol, forms of vitamin E, which is believed to reduce the risk of lung cancer, prostate cancer, and other forms of malignant tumors.
2. According to conducted researches only 85 grams of pistachio a day protects the heart from diseases, lowers cholesterol and keeps the arteries healthy. Pistachio is extremely rich in antioxidant lutein, and a better choice is unsalted, rather than salted pistachio, because too much salt increases blood pressure. This snack is ideal for diabetics and those who do not want to become. A study has found that combining pistachio with your meal lowers the blood sugar after eating, which results in a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease, says Dr. Ciril VC Kendlall.
3. Pistachio also helps in the digestive process, because it affects the composition of bacteria in the digestive system, as it contains indigestible dietary fiber, which represents food with beneficial bacteria. Experts from the American Society for Nutrition have discovered that pistachio has probiotic properties, and it is also proven that they contain phytochemicals that may change the composition of bacteria in the intestines. The results from the research showed that people who eat every day about 100 pistachio kernels have an increased percentage of intestinal bacteria that produce butyrate, an important energy source and for the epithelial cells of the colon and helps keep the digestive system healthy. Besides that, pistachios are an important source of vitamin B6, copper, manganese, phosphorus and thiamin. In only 100 grams of pistachio is 10.3 grams of dietary fiber that are crucial in accelerating metabolism and preventing bowel cancer.