Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

    KIMCOLLINGS   56,637
50,000-59,999 SparkPoints

Pistachio Fun Facts (guess what...they aren't really nuts)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Chicken breast and Spinach / Spring Mixed Greens salad with pickled beets and hard boiled egg white, sprinkled with pistachio nuts.

Spinach, fresh, 0.66 cup - 5 cal
Green Giant Spring Mix Salad, 0.5 cup - 5 cal
Pickled beets, 0.4 cup slices - 59 cal
Egg White from hard boiled egg, 1 serving - 17 cal
Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, 118 grams - 143 cal
Pistachio Nuts, 0.25 oz (47 kernels) - 38 cal
TOTAL: 267 calories

I think Pistachios are a terrific nut...well, non-nut. They are actually a seed (see below). They are lower in calories than many nuts and have a terrific flavor. I crushed up 11 pistachios for my salad and it only came to 38 calories. It makes a great snack in the afternoon along with fruit too. The fat in seeds and nuts help keep you full longer as well.

Pistachio Fun Facts:

-Pistachios aren’t actually nuts. It’s true! Pistachio “nuts” are actually seeds of red or yellow plum-like fruits whose flesh is removed during processing. However, everyone calls them a nut because they look like “nuts” and are in the cashew family. Other things in the cashew family include sumac, mangos, and poison ivy.

-Pistachios are power-packed with fiber and contain heart healthy monosaturated fat. At an Experimental Biology Conference in Washington, D.C., a researcher stated that a handful of pistachios may lower LDL cholesterol and provide the equivalent of antioxidants contained in fruit and leafy veggies.

-In a study at Penn State University, it was concluded that pistachio nuts may reduce the everyday effects of stress. The participants had high cholesterol and normal blood pressure. By eating 1.5 ounces of pistachio nuts daily, their systolic blood pressure dropped 4.8 millimeters; no change was experienced in resting blood pressure.

-Pistachios are biblical. They are mentioned in the Old Testament in Genesis 43:11, and are one of only two nuts mentioned in Scripture. The other nut mentioned is the almond. And, according to Moslem legend, the pistachio nut was one of the foods brought to Earth by Adam.

-Pistachios are royalty. As the legend goes, the Queen of Sheba made an official declaration that pistachios were an exclusively royal food. In fact, she even went so far as to forbid commoners from growing the nut for their own consumption. Nebuchadnezzar, the ancient king of Babylon, also had a passion for pistachios. It is said that he had pistachio trees planted in his hanging gardens. And the Mogul Emperor, Akbar the Great, hosted lavish banquets befitting his royal status. He often served chicken at these banquets, and ordered all the chickens to be fed pistachio nuts for 6 to 8 weeks in advance to give the chickens a more delicious flavor.

-Pistachios are happy. They are called “the smiling nut” in Iran and “the happy nut” in China. People in the Middle East sometimes refer to the pistachio as the "smiling pistachio." In those same countries, if you are sitting under a Pistachio tree and you hear the shells snapping open, it is a sign of good luck.

-Pistachios come in many colors. Many different countries dye pistachios to make them more eye-catching. In the U.S. pistachios were dyed red to disguise imperfections in the shells and to make the nuts stand out in vending machines. They are normally green.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
IRP1114 3/25/2013 7:42PM

    Yum. Salad looks good! Love pistachios. They do not last here. A Costco bag disappears in like a week lol!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RYDERB 3/20/2013 1:30PM

    I think this blog, helped me focus on my food "issues". Since the moment I read Pistachio, ice cream popped into my mind. emoticon Thanks for sharing all the health and nutritional benefits and other uses for such a wonderful yummy seed. emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NELLIEH1 3/16/2013 9:38PM

    Thanks for all the pistacho info! Think I'll add them to our snack and dessert list! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
68ANNE 3/16/2013 9:13PM

    wow, I learned something new and fun today!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLITZEN40 3/15/2013 7:30PM

    Yum! Everybody likes pistachios! Being that they're green we should have some on St Pattys Day! I'm still waiting for the calorie free version to come out... emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOPEFULHIPPO 3/14/2013 11:14AM

    Like many seeds though I can't have them in the house. They are like Lays and I can never eat just "one" serving. LOL

Report Inappropriate Comment
KALIGIRL 3/14/2013 8:43AM

    Here's to royalty!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CLUMBOY 3/14/2013 7:33AM

    fun info--thanks!

Report Inappropriate Comment
POOKASLUAGH 3/13/2013 10:15PM

    My husband is allergic to all nuts EXCEPT peanuts and cashews, and the only one he hadn't tried was pistachios, which he loves but has avoided for fear of allergy. Thank you for this blog! We both think he'd be fine trying one now! (And don't worry - it's not a big allergy - he just gets itchy mouth and a bit of an upset stomach, so it's not like your blog is encouraging him to do something that might cause a real major reaction! :) )

Report Inappropriate Comment
SALLYANNE0852 3/13/2013 8:08PM

    i never knew! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALEXSGIRL1 3/13/2013 7:37PM

    my favorite nut thanks for the info

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDAK25 3/13/2013 4:52PM

    Yum--pistachios! I didn't know all of those things about them. I do remember red pistachios. I guess they don't do that anymore, which is a good thing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BARCLE 3/13/2013 4:26PM

    Wow, cool info! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
POISONGIRL999 3/13/2013 3:43PM

    Wow, did even know half that stuff. Thanks!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RACEWELLWON 3/13/2013 3:36PM

    Good info , I learned a ton - I just love them - to me they are like popcorn emoticon without salt or butter ! Yes , I am ready for St. Paddy's runs for Paws - so I will be wearing a Dalmatian Costume , with a green Shamrock Blackhawk Jersey #19 Toews pronounced ( Taze) - they have a costume contest - then off to a huge St Pat 's Celebration at my Mom's - a lot cabbage and carrots , potato too ! Hugs Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/13/2013 3:37:22 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALLAHALLA 3/13/2013 3:15PM

    I love Pistachio! Pistachio Almond is even my favorite ice cream flavor.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BEAUTIFUL_REINA 3/13/2013 3:07PM

    Thank you for all this info, it was so interesting!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JILLITA55 3/13/2013 3:01PM

    I love Pistachio! Now I can eat them more knowing it is good you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNSEY723 3/13/2013 3:00PM

    Mmmm... now I want some pistachios!!! One of my favorite "nuts"! Thanks for the info!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LATTELEE 3/13/2013 2:58PM

  Good information

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

Log in to post a comment.

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

Other Entries by KIMCOLLINGS