Powerful Pistachios


November 27, 2015

Care of Ashley Suave of The Vegan Chef

Pistachios are a crowd favourite, especially around the holidays and they are deserving of the love! In fact, pistachios have been described as an honorary legume thanks to their unique nutritional value among nuts. Thanks to their high fiber,  protein, and vitamin E content, pistachios make a great addition to any healthy diet.

By now, most people know that protein is no real issue in plant-based diets. Plants contain all essential amino acids. However, sometimes vegans can fall a little short in the amino acid lysine. Because of this, legumes are an important part of plant-powered diets due to their high lysine content. Pistachios also contain higher amounts of lysine than other nuts, so much higher in fact that a ¼ cup serving of pistachios can be substituted for a serving of legumes.

Pistachios also contain a good amount of fiber, about 10% of their weight, making them a great snack choice. Fiber encourages satiety, and combined with the healthy monounsaturated fats in pistachios, keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Thanks to their shells preventing quick overeating, they’re the perfect snack for anyone looking to manage their weight. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that contributes to the maintenance of good health. Vitamin E is also an inflammation fighter, combatting inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism and asthma. As a fat soluble vitamin, it is recommended to get vitamin E from food sources rather than supplements and pistachios are a great choice.

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