National Pistachio Day: Five reasons to favour these green nuts daily

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Pistachios are seen after sorting at a processing factory in Rafsanjan, 1,000 kilometres southeast of Tehran September 23, 2008. —Reuters
Pistachios are seen after sorting at a processing factory in Rafsanjan, 1,000 kilometres southeast of Tehran September 23, 2008. —Reuters

In celebration of National Pistachio Day on February 26, let's unravel the fantastic reasons why incorporating pistachios into your daily diet is not just a treat for your taste buds but also a boon for your health. 

According to Hindustan Times, known as Pista in the sub-continent, these tiny green nuts have a delightful taste and a nutritional profile that makes them an ideal daily companion.

Pistachios, with a history dating back 9000 years and native to the Middle East, offer a plethora of benefits. 

Dhara Mavani, Executive-Nutritionist at Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Navi Mumbai, highlights the remarkable health benefits of pistachios:

1. Cognitive boost

The antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin in pistachios protect cells, mitigating the risk of neurological disorders.

2. Quality protein

Pistachios, rich in essential amino acids, improve muscle mass and tissue repair, standing out as an excellent source of vegetable protein.

3. Heart health 

The precursor L-arginine relaxes blood vessels, enhancing blood flow and preventing hypertension, coronary artery disease, and cardiovascular issues.

4. Blood sugar regulation

Pistachios may reduce post-meal blood sugar spikes, making them a suitable snack for diabetics.

5. Fibre rich

High in fibre, pistachios promote satiety, aiding weight management. Whether in smoothies, fruit plates, halwa, or laddoos, they offer a delicious and nutritious addition to your daily meals. Celebrate National Pistachio Day by embracing these wholesome benefits.