4 Surprising Health Benefits of Pistachios

Pistachios are fun to eat, and they’re also incredibly good for you! Discover the delicious health benefits of pistachios.

I feel like when itcomes to healthy nuts,almonds and walnuts get all of the love, but there are so many other delicious options out there that are packed with health benefits. Pistachios are a perfect way to get the health benefits of eating nuts, and they have some specific benefits of their own.

Pistachios are fun to eat, and they're also incredibly good for you! Discover the delicious health benefits of pistachios.

Health Benefits of Pistachios

1. Preventing Erectile Disfunction

Pistachios are great sources of antioxidants and the amino acid arginine, both of whichmay be why a recent study found that men eating a few handfuls of pistachios a day for just a few weeks sawimprovement.

The men in the study also saw a drop in their cholesterol numbers, which could also help explainthe improvement. “We also know that cholesterol is an important predictor of sexual dysfunction in both men and women,” Dr. Michael Greger explains in a Care2 article about the study.

2. SupportingHealthy Weight Loss

You might not think of nuts as a weight loss-friendly food, but like other nuts, pistachios can be part of a healthy diet.

A 2010 study found that replacing high carb snacks, like pretzels, with a handful of pistachios actually helped participants lose weight.

Onething that sets pistachios apart from other nuts, is that they’re often sold in the shell.In a related study, the sameresearchers found that study participants who kept the shells at their deskate 22 percent fewer calories. The reminder that they just snacked helped prevent mindless snacking.

Because pistachios usually come in the shell, they also naturally slow you down. I know how easy it is for me to demolish a mountain of cashews, but when faced with shelling the sameamount of pistachios, your body has a chance to tell you it’s full before you overdo it.

3. Lowering Cholesterol and Blood Sugar

Another smallstudy looked at how pistachios helped improve these important markers forhealth. The study looked at participants with metabolic syndrome. The group who ate a dietwith 20 percent of calories from pistachios showed drops in their cholesterol and better blood sugar numbers.

They had also lost belly fat, another risk factor for disease.

4. Lightening Under-Eye Circles

Eating pistachios is only one way to get their health benefits. This home remedy uses ground pistachios topically to help get rid of dark circles under your eyes. Instead of milk, use soy milk or soy yogurt to make your paste, for a cruelty-free version of thissimple beauty recipe.

Related at Care2

Pistachios are fun to eat, and they're also incredibly good for you! Discover the delicious health benefits of pistachios.

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Marie W
Marie W5 days ago

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Jack Yabout a month ago

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Jack Yabout a month ago

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John Jabout a month ago

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John Jabout a month ago

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill4 months ago

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Past Member 4 months ago

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Rob Chloe Sam N
Rob Chloe Sam N5 months ago

We do love Pistachios, Thanks for sharing this.

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Lesa D
Lesa D5 months ago

so let's get CRACKIN'!!!

thank you, Becky...

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Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson5 months ago

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