Pistachio (Pistacia vera), have long been revered as the symbol of wellness and robust health since ancient times. Its low calorie content, high nutritional value and nutty flavor, makes it good snacks for kids and adults.
Pistachios contain nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, dietary fiber, gamma tocopherol, phytosterols, xanthophyll carotenoids, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin E, vitamin A, thiamine, vitamin B6, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, and vitamin K. It is rich source of linoleic acid, biotin, unsaturated fatty acids including omega three, omega six and omega nine fatty acids. Also contain good amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid and antioxidants.
- Consumed as a snack, either roasted or roasted and salted.
- Used in cooking, baking, salad dressing and garnish.
- Protects skin from UV radiation damage,Improve skin elasticity,Alleviates skin dryness and prevent onset of acne . Skin-care manufacturers to add pistachio to lotions and serums to benefit skin.
- Reduce hair loss and make them strong and more flexible. Stimulates hair growth.
- Decrease total as well as bad LDL cholesterol and increase good HDL cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.
- Decrease body mass index, waist circumference and lower weight.
- Help in absorption of iron in body.
- Antioxidant Properties:Aphrodisiac Properties
- Good source of dietary fiber, which helps in the smooth digestion of food.
- Reduce risk of age-related macular disease. Control diabetes.
- Pistachio oil extracted from kernels is one of the healthiest cooking oils. It has pleasant nutty aroma and possess excellent emollient properties. It helps keep skin well protected from dryness. Besides been used in cooking, it is also employed as “carrier or base oil” in traditional medicines in massage therapy, aromatherapy, in pharmaceutical, and in cosmetic industry.