Verified on 03/25/2024 by Alexane Flament, Editor

Pistachios generally have a reputation for being fattening because they are rich in fat. But, is it true? Not quite. We explain why.

Pistachio, a healthy snack

THE oilseed (walnuts, pistachios, almonds) are often victims of prejudice: since they are fatty, we conclude that they make you gain weight. Pistachios are certainly rich in lipids: about half of their composition.

However, you must keep in mind that these are “good” fats. Unlike the saturated fats found in industrial products, those in pistachios are much more nutritionally interesting.

Pistachios are certainly rich, but they are not particularly fattening. Provided, of course, that you consume them in moderation. Therefore, ANSES advises consuming it only a handful per day, approximately 30 g.

This equals 185 calories and can double as a snack. They are much more nutritionally valuable than a chocolate bar or cake, which should help you manage your weight.

The 7 benefits of pistachio

Depriving yourself of oilseeds like pistachio is a shame. Indeed, in addition to being delicious, pistachios have many health benefits.

According to Corinne Fernandez, dietician-nutritionist, they allow you to:

  • Limit aches after sport ;
  • Regulate blood sugar levels ;
  • Limit fats in the blood ;
  • Facilitate intestinal transit. Indeed, pistachios are rich in dietary fiber and magnesium. « Each food combining fiber and magnesium has a regulatory effect on intestinal transit. It’s like taking a mild, non-addictive laxative.” indicates the specialist;
  • Combat the effects of stress. Pistachio is rich in antioxidants, potassium and magnesium which are elements participating in the reduction of stress;
  • Protect your eyesight. Pistachio contains two carotenoids that have the ability to minimize the effects of free radicals damaging the retina.
  • Fill nutritional gaps. Pistachios are rich in vitamins B1, B12 and B6 as well as vitamin E. B vitamins are essential to enable the use of sugars and proteins. Vitamins E provide cellular protective and anti-aging action.

Pistachios can be eaten “plain” but also in the form of a spread. The latter can be added to a sauce, a smoothie or a soup. Preferably, choose unsalted pistachios that are not coated in fat.

Florine Cauchie

Health journalist

March 25, 2024, at 12:19 p.m.

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