1. Relatively few calories
Per 100 grams pistachios contain about 600 kcal. That is considerably less than other nuts such as macadamia nuts (785 kcal per 100 grams) or pecan nuts (721 kcal per 100 grams). Pistachios are filling, which means you need to eat less of them to feel full.
2. Lots of protein
The pistachio nut also does well in terms of protein. The nut contains about 20 grams of protein per 100 grams, which means that the nut contains more protein than cashews, hazelnuts and walnuts, among others.
3. Complete proteins
The proteins in pistachios are complete proteins. That means it contains all nine amino acids. Most vegetable proteins are considered incomplete proteins because they lack one or more amino acids, but this is not the case with pistachios. That makes it a good source of protein for vegetarians and vegans.
4. Lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber en
The pistachio nut contains many healthy nutrients and vitamins. Think of magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, vitamins B1, B6 and C. In addition, the nut is also a surprising source of fiber and that can do your digestion a lot of good.
5. You don’t eat too much of it quickly
Pistachios are often sold with a shell around the nut. This shell ensures that the vulnerable nut remains protected and the nuts are damaged less quickly. But because you have to do one action before you can put the nut in your mouth, which is to peel it, you are less likely to eat a lot.
6. Melatonin for a Better Night’s Sleep
A 2017 study found that pistachios contain more melatonin than any other nut. Melatonin is the substance your body produces to help you fall asleep. If you have trouble falling asleep, a handful of pistachios half an hour before bedtime is definitely worth a try.
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