Four Healthy Reasons to Eat PistachiosNovember 2016
Years of research back up pistachios as a healthy snack that can help you maintain good health and lower disease risk.
Managing Blood Sugar
Numerous studies have shown that pistachios have a beneficial effect on blood sugar. A 2011 paper found that pistachios eaten with a meal high in carbohydrates lowered blood glucose response.1
There’s evidence that pistachio consumption correlates with better weight control. A meta-analysis of 33 studies reported in 2013 compared weight outcomes of a diet including pistachios—among other nuts—against control diets. They concluded that diets enriched with nuts did not increase weight, body mass index, or waist circumference.2
Studies suggest that pistachios have anti-inflammatory benefits and may help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol when eaten as part of an overall healthy diet.3 Additionally, a 2010 study showed significantly lower triglyceride levels in subjects who ate pistachios.4
Pistachios contain a broad-spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals as well as protein, fiber, and an array of phytochemicals.5