New health benefits of pistachios discovered
What’s there not to like about pistachios? They’re so crunchy, salty, and yummy; you might think it’s your guilty pleasure. Yes, they are high in calories, as all nuts do, but even so they’re absolutely healthy. Moreover, recent studies found that pistachios have some great health benefits.
For starters, pistachios can help lower LDL cholesterol (the bad type), according to study published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Consuming 2 servings of pistachios daily you’ll gain even greater cholesterol-lowering effects.
Another research from Spanish scientists found that about 2 ounces of pistachios a day lead to decreases in fasting glucose levels, insulin, and insulin resistance — conditions that accompany diabetes.
Franklin Becker, writer and author of Good Fat Cooking, claims that pistachios are high in healthy fats, which makes them a brain-booster snack, not an unhealthy swagger. Pistachios are high in calories because they contain so much carbs, protein and good fat. But the thing is – they make you feel satiated faster, so they’re actually pretty good in keeping your weight in check, rather than gaining pounds. The only downside is that in majority of store bought pistachios there is too much salt and some manufacturers over-roast them, so if you happen to find plain raw pistachios – you hit the jackpot.
Pistachios are delicious on their own, but if you mix them with basil and parsley in grain or vegetable dishes that will balance the flavor and create a wonderful crispy texture. Here is Becker’s recipe for Pistachio Pesto.
Pistachios – 2 tablespoons, chopped
Fresh parsley – 2 tablespoons, chopped
Fresh basil – 2 tablespoons, chopped
Parmesan cheese – 2 tablespoons, grated
Extra virgin olive oil – 2 tablespoons
Garlic – 1 clove, minced
How to prepare:
Add pistachios, basil, parsley, cheese, olive oil and garlic in a food processor. Blend them together in a smooth paste.