Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Plentiful Pistachio

Pistachios are loaded with protein, fiber, and iron, have a long shelf life, and are great for some easy energy on the go! Here are some nutritional facts that might leave you going back for another handful.

Potassium Chloride
Great for balancing your blood chemistry especially for those who drink a lot of caffeine. May even reduce irregular heartbeat, kidney problems, fatigue, and weakness.
Pistachios are high in phosphorus, which helps us bream down proteins in amino acids necessary for hormone production. Great for our bodies making us of Vitamin B. If your phosphorus is low, it could cause glucose intolerance and lead to diabetes, so eat up and protect yourself!
Need some help stabilizing your sugar highs and lows? Magnesium is great for that by helping us regulate our blood sugar levels. Can also promote normal blood pressure!
Pistachios provide almost half as much of calcium as cow's milk. Most of us have a dairy sensitivity we may not even know about and pistachios can be a great dairy alternative.
Vitamin A
Vitamin A is great for improving eyesight and fighting viral infections. A small amount is found in pistachios. Swee potatoes and carrots have a higher Vitamin A content, but when you are tired of those orange and yellow fruits and veggies, go for the pistachios instead!
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