Dr. Ramon Estruch, director of the PREDIMED study (Prevention with Mediterranean Diet) and member of the Internal Medicine Service of the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, speaks about the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes eating primarily plant-based foods, including nuts, such as pistachios, which protect against major chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular.
Dr. Estruch has published over 400 articles in high impact journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Circulation and Lancet, among others.
Good things come in small packages and the nutrition benefits of pistachios are no exception. It’s not surprising pistachios have been considered beneficial to health for centuries by societies all over the world.1 Not only are pistachios a source of many essential vitamins and minerals, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, protein and fiber, but pistachios also provide an array of phytochemicals, a wide variety of compounds made by plants that may help to promote health and well-being.1, 2, 3
• A one-ounce serving of pistachios equals 49 nuts, which is more nuts per serving than any other snack nut.
• Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free and sodium-free food that contains 13 grams of fat per serving, the majority of which (11.5 grams) comes from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Saturated fat contributes only 1.5 grams per serving.
• One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (290mg, 8% of the Daily Value) as a half of a large banana (250 mg, 7% of the Daily Value) and 3 grams of filling fiber.