Thursday, July 3, 2008

Pistachio Boosts The Immune System


Pistachio (Pista) is a drupe. A drupe is a fruit in which an outer fleshy part surrounds a shell with a seed inside. In culinary sense it is a nut. Pistachio is a very healthy nut and has loads of health benefits in it. It should be kept in mind that it is best had unsalted for maximum benefits as otherwise due to the sodium content in it makes it a big no-no to the Blood Pressure patients as sodium elevate the blood pressure.

Boosts Immune System

Lots of research suggests that Pistachio has immune boosting benefits, thus increasing our longevity. Pistachio can be had thrice in a week as it does has fats in it.

Lowers bad cholesterol

Pistachio has fats in it but this is a healthy fat which helps to lower the bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol.

Controls Blood Sugar Level

Pistachio is very good in controlling the blood sugar level so even diabetic patients can have it but in moderation.

Strengthens the nerves

Pistachio strengthen the nerves and makes them strong so those who have week nerves can benefit from this nut.

Eyes

Pistachio is also very good for the eyes.

Pistachio nuts, dry roasted, w/o salt Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz) Energy 570 kcal 2390 kJ

Carbohydrates 27.65 g
- Sugars 7.81 g
- Dietary fiber 10.3 g

Fat 45.97 g
Protein 21.35 g
Thiamin (Vit. B1) 0.84 mg 65%
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.158 mg 11%
Niacin (Vit. B3) 1.425 mg 10%
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.513 mg 10%
Vitamin B6 1.274 mg 98%
Folate (Vit. B9) 50 μg 13%
Vitamin C 2.3 mg 4%
Calcium 110 mg 11%
Iron 4.2 mg 34%
Magnesium 120 mg 32%
Phosphorus 485 mg 69%
Potassium 1042 mg 22%
Zinc 2.3 mg 23%
Manganese 1.275 mg

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