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50 Foods That Are Healthier Than You Think: #16 - Pistachios

Saturday, November 17, 2012

From pasta and cheese to mayo and beer, ivillage.com asked nutrition experts to share what some may consider as unhealthy foods that may actually be better for the body than we realize. Read on for the good news from www.ivillage.com/foods-a


Almonds and walnuts usually get the spotlight when it comes to healthy nuts, but don't forget pistachios, Batayneh says. "They are naturally cholesterol-free, high in Vitamin B6, copper, manganese and phytosterols, which are important for heart health," she says. And be sure to munch on the shelled variety - having to pry the pistachio out of its shell could help you eat less, which means these nuts may offer more waist-slimming benefits than their unshelled counterparts.

Good news for me since pistachios are my favourite nut and I do eat them in the shell - no red dye thank goodness. I remember as a kid how it would take days for that reddish tinge to leave my hands - we used to rub the nuts across our lips and cheeks to pretend we were wearing lipstick and rouge LOL.

says that a 1 oz serving size of pistachios, about 30 grams shelled, is about 160 calories. That measures out to be about 49 kernels per ounce - which can make for a very satisfying snack.

Some interesting trivia about why pistachios were dyed red from www.popsci.com/scitech/a
tells us that until the mid-1970s, all pistachios sold in the United States were imported, mainly from the Middle East. The traditional growing and harvesting methods used by pistachio farmers in countries such as Iran, Syria, and Greece often left blemishes on the outer shell, which American importers would mask with a red vegetable dye. But with the growth of the domestic pistachio industry, the days of the red pistachio may be numbered. About 96 percent of the pistachios currently sold in the United States are grown in California. These nuts are harvested without blemishes, which makes the red dyes moot.

"Pistachio nuts, the red ones, cure any problem." ~ Paula Danziger, American children's author

"Then their father Israel said to them, "If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift- a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds." ~ Genesis 43:11 (Only two nuts are mentioned in the Bible - almonds and pistachios.)

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