Weight Management To Heart Health: 5 Reasons Why Pistachio Is The Perfect Winter Nut
Smog is literally the only bad thing about winters. That, and the fact that early-morning drives become a bit taxing. Other than that, winters are just about all things warm and wonderful.
Besides all the fuzzy clothes and ghee-laden foods, with winters come dry fruits–pista or pistachio in particular. While it’s not the wisest idea to eat pistachios during the summer–thanks to its warming qualities–winters are meant for gorging on all things indulgent and warm.
And what’s more, pistachio is not even as high on calorific value as some other nuts such as cashew or hazelnut. In fact, pista should be a part of your everyday snacks in the winter season, for the wide gamut of benefits it offers:
Weight-loss: These nuts keep you feeling full for longer, and have just 4 calories her nut. Which means, a casual evening snack with tea, considering you eat an average of 10 nuts, will be below 50 calories.
Diabetes management: In a study published in the Review of Diabetic Studies in 2014, diabetic subjects who ate 25 grams of pistachios, or about an ounce, daily for 12 weeks improved their blood glucose levels. They also reduced their blood pressure, body mass index and C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation in the body.
Heart health: Pistachios help in reducing bad cholesterol, LDL and increases good cholesterol, HDL in the body thus preventing heart diseases.
Haemoglobin management and immunity: Vitamin B6 is the protein that helps carry oxygen in the blood. Pistachios have a high B6 content. So, if consumed daily, pista can increase the oxygen quantity in your blood and increase the haemoglobin count in it. Vitamin B6 also helps boost the body’s immunity.
Healthy skin: Pistachios have a high vitamin E content, which integrates the cell membranes of the mucous membranes of the skin membranes. Thus, it protects skin from harmful UV rays.