Pistachios contain more protein and less fat than other nuts, pistachio is an oily fruit rich in nutrients: they contain in fact carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids, fats, dietary fibers , but alsominerals (mainly phosphorus, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium),vitamins essentials such as vitamin A, K, vitamin E, B6, folic acid, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, betaine .
Pistachios can be particularly useful for those wishing to lose weight or maintain their weight, as they have a low glycemic index so they do not cause a sharp rise in blood sugar.
Due to the presence of mono-unsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid - antioxidants) and phytosterols, they can protect the heart by reducing cholesterol levels and hypertension.
It is a natural aid in the fight against type 2 diabetes and pistachios are excellent for fighting it. The phosphorus contained within them is in fact able to keep the level of glucose in the blood at bay and also decomposes amino acids. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects also play an important role in carbohydrate metabolism.
To be added to mixed salads, vegetable sauces, fruit salads, homemade bread, yogurt or ice cream.
Pistachios accompany second courses of meat and fish, from lamb to pork to beef to chicken, from anchovies to swordfish, as a breading, condiment or filling. In pastry, pistachio is enhanced in cakes, ice creams and slushes, biscuits and semifreddi, creams and nougats.
Pistachios in savory recipes can be used whole, chopped or powdered. In this case, pistachios are used above all as a condiment and as a garnish or they are blended together with other ingredients to obtain sauces and also to prepare pesto to season pasta.
Excellent to eat alone as a snack.